An author says the White House has been gripped with behind-the-scenes tension involving President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
According to Politico, Chris Whipple makes that claim in the soon-to-be-released book titled, “The Fight of His Life,” which focuses on the first two years of Biden’s presidency.
“A work in progress”
This included complaints in early 2021 from first gentleman Douglas Emhoff about the nature of his wife’s assignment portfolio, something that allies of Harris had warned could leave her damaged politically.
Whipple, who Politico states had “extensive access to Biden administration officials while writing the book,” reported that Biden was left feeling “annoyed” over Emhoff’s complaining and called the vice president “a work in progress.”
“He hadn’t asked Harris to do anything he hadn’t done as vice president — and she’d begged him for the voting rights assignment,” Whipple wrote,
Whipple added that Biden was not alone in voicing his frustration, as a senior White House adviser also said that the vice president’s “inner circle didn’t serve her well in the presidential campaign — and they are ill-serving her now.”
Robyn Patterson is a White House spokeswoman who formerly worked in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) office, and she told Politico that the administration would not address Whipple’s claims.
“We respect that there will be no shortage of books written about the administration containing a wide variety of claims,” Patterson said.
No chance to verify
“We don’t plan to engage in confirmations or denials when it comes to the specifics of those claims,” she added. “The author did not give us a chance to verify the materials that are attributed here.”
If Whipple’s story is accurate, then it would not be the first time that the vice president was tied to White House drama.
A Politico article published in June of last year included quotes from former staff members who said that Harris’ office was “not a healthy environment.”
“People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” one unnamed individual was quoted as saying.
“It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s–t,” the figure added.
The article went on to recount how Harris’ office experienced a high rate of staff turnover along with “low morale, porous lines of communication and diminished trust.”