Vice President Kamala Harris quickly learned not to come between President Biden and his negotiations with Congress, when the president once snapped at her so harshly even Republican senators in the meeting were shocked.
In a meeting last May, Biden tried to persuade Republican lawmakers to support $1 trillion in infrastructure spending.
And while Biden was ready for a compromise, Harris thought the bill was skimpy.
‘Harris thought that there was something missing from the conversation,’ New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns wrote in their book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.
She began turning the conversation toward Democratic priorities, including family and social spending, which were originally included in the larger Build Back Better bill.
She ‘began to make the case for a larger package than the one Republicans seemed to have in mind.’
‘Biden dismissed her comment immediately,’ the authors wrote, in so harsh a tone ‘that even the Republican senators were taken aback.’
Biden was typically ‘scrupulously respectful’ of his second-in-command, but the moment revealed that infrastructure negotiations were his and his alone.
The latest revelations in This Will Not Pass include claims Jill Biden was opposed to her husband selecting Harris as his running mate after she attacked him during the Democratic primary debate in June 2019.
It also follows reports last year of tension between Biden and Harris and allegations of bullying and a ‘toxic culture’ from staff in her office.
Biden also, according to the book, expressed reservations himself about selecting Harris for his ticket.
Noting her ‘past romantic relationship with Willie Brown, the California politician who appointed Harris to a pair of minor political positions,’ the book said Biden described romance ‘as the kind of thing that should be off limits.’
Harris had a relationship with Brown, who later served as San Francisco’s mayor, between 1994 and 1995, when Harris was beginning her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Mail.
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