Psaki defends Harris in response to the “dysfunction” report in the vice president’s office

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC on November 12, 2021.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki touted the vice president Kamala Harris’ results achieved on Sunday in response to his decline in popularity and a CNN report on the chaos unfolding in the vice president’s office.

“For anyone who needs to listen to it. @VP is not only a vital partner for @POTUS, but a bold leader who has addressed key and important challenges for the country, from voting rights to addressing the root causes of migration to broadband expansion, “tweeted Psaki. .

Psaki’s statement appeared to be a reply to CNN article released on Sunday when insiders said “exasperation and dysfunction” are common themes in the vice president’s office. Harris reportedly feels constrained in her job and is perceived as being in a politically inactive position after being saddled by the intractable border crisis as her main political post.

Symone Sanders, Harris’s senior adviser and principal spokesperson, tweeted a rebuttal to the piece, protecting his boss from criticism.

“It is unfortunate that after a productive trip to France in which we reaffirmed our relationship with America’s oldest ally and demonstrated the leadership of the United States on the world stage, and following the passage of a historic bill on bipartisan infrastructure that will create jobs and strengthen our communities, some in the media focus on the gossip, not the results the president and vice president have delivered, “he said.

Other Harris staff members posted on social media in solidarity with the vice president. Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh wrote, “I am honored to work for @VP every day. It is focused on the #BuildBackBetter agenda and delivering results for the American people. “

“Proud to be on the @VP team every single day,” said assistant press officer Rachel Palermo.

CNN coverage isn’t the first to highlight the problems plaguing Harris’s office. In June, Politic interviewed 22 former Harris aides and current staff, concluding that the atmosphere in the Biden administration is tense and “austere” and “not a healthy environment.”

Harris’s approval rate dropped to 28% in a USA Today / Suffolk poll released on November 7. 51% of respondents disapproved of Harris’ performance, while 21% were undecided.

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