Harris counters reports of tensions in the West Wing

Harris counters reports of tensions in the West Wing

Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday she does not feel vulnerable, in the face of media reports of tensions in the White House between her office and that of the president.

“I’m really, really excited about the work we’ve done,” Harris said in an interview broadcast on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “But I am also well aware that there is a lot more to do, and we will get it done.”

President Joe Biden has tasked Harris with addressing immigration at the US southern border, voting rights, COVID-19 vaccinations and other issues. She was last week in France, as part of a US effort to mend ties with America’s oldest ally over a secretly negotiated US-British submarine deal with Australia.

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Some media reports have indicated that there are tensions in the West Wing over Harris’ job performance, and have indicated that she feels marginalized. Asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if she feels “abused or underused,” Harris said, “No, I don’t.”

The White House also denied the occurrence of any tensions. “The president chose the vice president to be the vice president because he felt she was exactly the person she wanted to be with to rule the country,” press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. “She is a key partner. She is a bold leader. She is someone who has taken on incredibly important missions.”

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