According to a forthcoming book, since winning election, Vice President Kamala Harris has felt repeatedly disrespected by the White House.
The book, written by New York Times journalists Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, describes the tense connection between Biden and the White House, where his team works.
According to Politico’s West Wing Playbook, Harris aired several issues in book excerpts published by the publication, including Biden’s all-white inner circle and staff who she claims disrespected her.
In their book, Martin and Burns write that “Some of Harris’s advisors felt the president’s almost entirely white inner circle failed to show her due respect.” Biden’s staff irritated her; she dwelled on apparent and imagined slights in a way that the West Wing found tedious.
According to the reporters, Harris’ chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, was sent to Anita Dunn, who worked as a senior Biden adviser at the time. Flournoy stated that Harris was enraged because Biden’s people did not stand for her when she entered the room. People typically stand when heads of state — in this case, Vice President
“The vice president took it as a sign of disrespect,” according to the book, when team members refused to stand for her.
However, Dunn said in an interview with Politico that she would not respond “except to say that everyone in the West Wing has a very high level of respect for the Vice President and her efforts on behalf of this President and our country. Particularly me.”
According to numerous reports, the book also discusses Harris’ job frustrations. According to Martin and Burns, one of Harris’s staff floated the idea of putting the vice president in charge of Nordic nations’ relations — a low-risk diplomatic posting that might have helped her acclimate to the global stage in welcoming cities such as Oslo and Copenhagen.
However, the West Wing “rejected the concept and mocked it behind closed doors.” The notion that the VP planned to deliver a major speech to lay out his foreign policy vision was more aggravating to Biden’s staff. According to the book, Biden’s staff rejected the idea.
According to the book, Harris “did not hesitate to chide Biden” when he entrusted her with managing the border crisis last year, effectively making her the “border czar.”