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Psaki Refuses To Answer If Biden Would Support Harris For President

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to say whether President Biden would support Vice President Kamala Harris in a future presidential run after recent reports suggesting a worsening relationship between the President and Vice President.

“There are a few reports from over the weekend that the Vice President is unhappy,” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked. “Can she expect the President’s automatic endorsement if she decides to run herself in either 2024 or 2028?”

“Well, first of all, the President selected the Vice President because — to serve as his running mate because he felt she was exactly the person he wanted to have by his side to govern the country,” Psaki said. “She’s a key partner.  She’s a bold leader.  And she is somebody who has taken on incredibly important assignments, whether it is addressing the root causes of migration at the Northern Triangle or taking on a core cause of democracy in voting rights.”

“So that is who the President selected,” Psaki continued. “I don’t have any predictions of whether she will run when she will run; I will leave that to her.  But I can tell you that there’s been a lot of reports out there, and they don’t reflect his view or our experience with the Vice President.”

“And so you guys have not heard that the Vice President or key members of her staff are unhappy?” Doocy asked.

“Here’s what I know, Peter: I know that the President relies on the Vice President for her advice, for her counsel,” Psaki said. “She’s somebody who is not only taking on issues that are challenging.  She’s not looking for a cushy role here — no Vice President is, no President is — and that she’s somebody that is a valuable member of the team.”

Over the weekend, CNN released a detailed report based on interviews with numerous Harris aides about how Harris has grown bitter as Biden appears to be distancing himself from the vice president as she has become the most unpopular vice president in modern history.

For example, Harris aides claimed that Harris does not receive the same support from Biden as others, pointing out how the White House defended Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as he was criticized for abandoning his job amid a supply chain crisis to secretly take paternity leave with his husband after the adoption of his twins in September.

Harris loyalists told CNN that it was “yet another example of an unfair standard at play, wondering why she didn’t get similar cover any of the times she’s been attacked by the right.”

They even went as far as suggesting Biden was racist for supporting Buttigieg, with one aide saying, “It’s hard to miss the specific energy that the White House brings to defend a White man, knowing that Kamala Harris has spent almost a year taking a lot of the hits that the West Wing didn’t want to take themselves.”

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Kamala Harris Loses Two More Staffers

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Two more staffers are reportedly leaving their jobs in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, according to the Washington Post. The news comes just after Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, announced her departure.

“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.

In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.

“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”

The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”

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