KAMALA Harris was struck by allegations of “internal conflict” in her “dysfunctional” office as the White House went into damage control mode.
The White House statements on the vice president’s desk come after reports that some staff felt they were being treated like “crap.”
Two people close to Harris’ team are said to have told CNN that some people who work in the vice president’s office are frustrated by what they see as a dysfunctional environment that has sometimes led to internal conflict.
Another source alleged that there were “challenges and struggles” within the office, but denied that these problems amounted to “dysfunction”.
Sabrina Singh, Harris’ deputy press secretary, told the outlet that the vice president’s office was only focusing on the Biden-Harris agenda.
The vice president and her office are focused on the Biden-Harris administration’s agenda to build a middle-up, not top-down economy, to ensure that racial equity is at the heart of whatever the administration does, to combat the existential threat of climate change and continue to protect the American people from the Covid-19 pandemic, ”Singh said.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki also brushed off recent stories that there had been problems in the vice president’s office on Friday.
“I will say that the Vice President is an incredibly important partner for the President of the United States,” Psaki said.
“She has a challenging job, a tough job, and she has a great support team around her.
“But other than that, I won’t have any more comments on these reports.”
Despite the White House’s attempt to end the dysfunctional narrative, another source told CNN that plans to better help Harris’ team have been discussed.
Several of the complaints reported about Harris’ office involved his chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, according to a Politico report from last week.
Staff who spoke to the outlet accused Flournoy of creating an “island environment” where potential ideas are rejected and managers delay decision-making.
Staff members were also reportedly blinded by Harris’ sudden decision to travel to the US-Mexico border in June.
Symone Sanders, Harris’ chief spokesperson, lambasted the anonymous critics and urged them to voice their criticism.
She said, “We don’t do rainbows and bunnies all day. Anyone who has something that they would like to raise, they must raise it directly.
Some former aides have defended Harris as “the most insightful person on the planet.”
One of them said: “She has been in public life for 30 years. Whore. You don’t suddenly switch to radio silence.
The complaints about Harris’s office come as the vice president continues to be criticized, especially by conservatives, for her response to the US-Mexico border crisis.