Many have speculated on whether Vice President Kamala Harris would eventually take over as the de facto head of the administration before President Joe Biden’s term is complete, due to Biden’s age or health.
Fox News host Sean Hannity wondered Friday if that anticipated transition of power isn’t already underway to an extent, based on recent reporting indicating that Harris is taking on a more prominent role in foreign policy.
Harris digs into foreign policy
During the opening monologue of Friday’s “Hannity,” the eponymous Fox host spent a few moments discussing “who’s really in charge” in the Biden administration.
He cited a recent Politico article that reveals how Harris, with encouragement and support from Biden, is receiving a “crash course” on foreign policy and that Biden had “urged her to engage with foreign leaders directly and develop her own rapport with key U.S. partners.”
While that may partly be due to the fact that Harris has little foreign policy experience of her own, the more obvious and “strategic” goal is to prepare her for the eventuality that she will be his successor, either by way of replacing him prior to the expiration of his term or being the heir-apparent and frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2024 or beyond.
The article notes that Harris has already spoken one-on-one with several prominent world leaders, as confirmed by White House phone call readouts. She is also holding weekly meetings with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and has surrounded herself with top aides who have spent their careers dealing with foreign policy and national security issues.
Is Biden not up to the task?
“According to a new shocking Politico report, Vice President Harris is quickly being prepped to take the foreign policy reins from the Biden administration,” Hannity said Friday. “Biden is now reportedly encouraging his vice president to engage directly with world leaders — that would be his job — and by the way, even develop her own rapport with U.S. allies.”
“Harris has also been meeting weekly with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. So the question tonight is, why?” he continued.
“If Joe Biden is not up to the task, well, we know that he rarely appears in public, we know that he takes very few questions. We know he hasn’t even scheduled a joint session of Congress for the State of the Union address,” Hannity said.
He later added, “We can all see with our own eyes that Joe is frail, he is weak, and yes, he’s struggling cognitively.”
Concern over nuclear codes
“Even a few dozen Democrats now are trying to take away the nuclear codes from Joe Biden so it’s not in the hands of just him, one person,” Hannity said, “and his vice president now holding one on one calls with other world leaders.”
“So what’s really going on here? Who’s in charge? And by the way, should we be concerned?” he asked.