- Vice President Kamala Harris felt slighted by White House aides who did not stand tall when she walked into a room, according to a forthcoming book.
- “The VP took this as a disrespect,” NYT reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns wrote.
- Harris’ allies in recent months have attempted to reset his office, according to The Washington Post.
Vice President Kamala Harris felt slighted by White House aides who did not stand tall when she entered a room, part of a pattern of “perceived snobs” the former senator was “fixed”, according to a forthcoming book by New York Times correspondents. Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.
In the book “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future,” Martin and Burns described a relationship between Harris staff and President Joe Biden’s West Wing that was progressively rocky, per excerpts published by Politico’s West Wing Playbook.
“Some of Harris’ advisers believed that the president’s almost all-white inner circle failed to show the vice president the respect she deserved,” Martin and Burns wrote. “Harris feared Biden staff would look down on her; she focused on real and perceived rebuffs in a way the West Wing found tedious.”
According to the book, Harris asked his chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, to speak with then-Biden senior adviser Anita Dunn about his displeasure with White House staffers who did not meet. were standing when she entered the chambers as they did with the president.
“The vice president took it as a sign of disrespect,” according to the book.
Dunn, a well-known Democratic political strategist who served in Biden’s White House from January 2021 to August 2021, told Playbook that she “wasn’t going to comment except to say everyone in the West Wing has a high degree of respect for the Vice President and the hard work she does for this President and our country.
She added, “Especially me.”
In the book, Martin and Burns also detailed Harris’s dissatisfaction with his political agenda, writing that members of the vice president’s staff had offered him oversight of Nordic relations to no avail. The authors described the proposal “as a low-risk diplomatic mission that could have helped Harris adapt to the international scene by hosting places like Oslo and Copenhagen.”
However, the idea would not have been well received, according to the book.
“White House aides dismissed the idea and privately mocked it,” Martin and Burns wrote. “More irritating to Biden’s aides was when they learned that the vice president wanted to plan a major speech to lay out his vision for foreign policy. Biden’s aides vetoed the idea.”
Insider has reached out to Harris’ office and the White House for comment.
Since taking office in January 2021, Harris has faced a series of media reports about dysfunction in her office, which many allies say is rooted in unfair coverage of the first female, first black and first vice-president. Native American president in American history.
Over the past few months, there has been a major effort for a reset by the Harris team, according to a report by the Washington Post.
In January, the vice president tapped Jamal Simmons, a longtime Democratic analyst, to become her communications director at a time when many felt her office lacked consistent messages about his office and political achievements.