A new tell-all book reportedly profiling drama in the White House, notes that Presiden Joe Biden threatened dissatisfied staffers in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office with termination if they shared negative stories with the press.
In a reveal that makes Biden look like Inspector Clouseau, the President seemed surprised to learn that Harris staffers are unhappy, he decides that threatening to fire staffers is better than moving to address concerns, he believes that unhappy staffers who assess they are on a sinking ship will stay, and thinks that forbidding people from talking with the press will ensure that secrets remain concealed.
The new book titled, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future,” was written by The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns.
Reports of problems between Biden’s West Wing and Harris’ Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) did not take long to surface. The Daily Wire reported that the VP’s “office has a higher turnover than a Taco Bell.”
In addition to the loss of many staffers and aids, Nancy McEldowney, Harris’ National Security Advisor, announced her resignation this week, and, according to the New York Post, “she is the tenth key official to depart Harris’ office since this past June.”
According to an excerpt of the book reviewed by Politico, in response to reports of intense dissatisfaction, Biden brought Harris’ senior staff into the Oval Office and told them that if “he found that any of them was stirring up negative stories about the vice president, they would quickly be former staff.”
Many have noted the tension between Biden’s and Harris’ staff. Poor poll numbers and cringe-worthy on-camera moments for both Harris and Biden contribute to the uneasy peace between the two offices.
Both Biden and Harris staffers want to be a part of a winning team and hope their counterpart can help shore up the weak points in America’s overall perception of the Biden administration. However, it is if both teams are running with ankle weights on—unable to keep up, and survey after survey shows that public support is waning.
In January, Vincent Evans resigned. He was Harris’ deputy director of public engagement and intergovernmental affairs. In February, Harris’ chief speechwriter, Kate Childs Graham, resigned. In March, Nancy McEldowney, Harris’ National Security Advisor, announced she was leaving.
The exodus of staff in Harris’s orbit, and the 31 Democrats in the House of Representatives who’ve announced they will not run again in 2022, portend a bad moon rising for the White House, and the House, in the days to come.
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