WH goes into damage control mode after reports of dysfunction in VP office

WH into damage control mode after reports of dysfunction in VP office
Vice President Kamala Harris. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: This week, the White House dove into damage control after reports of infighting and dysfunction in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, with the Joe Biden administration trying to stop a drama-filled narrative from taking hold; CNN reported this citing 5 people who spoke about the dynamics within Harris’ office.

Two people close to the vice president’s team said some individuals inside Harris’ office are frustrated with what they see as a dysfunctional operation that has been at times waylaid by internal conflict. Some of that ire is directed squarely at Tina Flournoy, Harris’ chief of staff, those people said. Another source close to the staff said that there were “challenges and struggles” and heard complaints about Flournoy from staff, but the source denied it amounted to dysfunction or that the tensions were directly Flournoy’s fault.

White House officials are trying damage control as Sabrina Singh, deputy press secretary to the vice president, said in a statement that Harris’ focus remains on her work.

The statement said: “The Vice President and her office are focused on the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda to build an economy from the middle out and the bottom up, not the top down, to making sure racial equity is at the core of everything the Administration does, to combatting the existential threat of climate change, and to continue protecting the American people from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

On Friday, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, ”She (vice president) has a challenging job, a hard job, and she has a great supportive team of people around her. But other than that, I’m not going to have any more comments on those reports.”

Meanwhile, conversations are now underway in the West Wing about how to better support the vice president’s team, one source close to the White House said.

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