According to Politico, a new book claims that President Joe Biden threatened to dismiss White House personnel if they were found to have leaked damaging information about Vice President Kamala Harris after her poorly received trip to Guatemala.
According to the New York Times authors Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns’ book “This Will Not Pass,” Biden confronted the workers after an article last summer characterized the vice president’s office as a “abusive workplace.”
At the same time, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield allegedly blamed Harris for her office’s incompetence and inability to complete the president’s chores.
“In private, Bedingfield had taken to observing that Harris’s vice presidency was not the first time she had fallen short of sky-high expectations: her Senate office had been a shambles, and her presidential campaign had been a disaster.” She remarked.
“Perhaps the problem wasn’t with the vice president’s staff,” she remarked, according to the book. In a response to Politico, Bedingfield, however, challenged the book’s allegation. “The fact that no one working on this book thought to call to verify this unattributed allegation tells you everything you need to know,” she added.
“Vice President Harris is a driving force in this government, and I admire the job she does every day to bring the country ahead.”
According to Martin and Burns’ book, Biden and his vice president have a “friendly but not tight connection.”
“Their monthly meals lacked a true depth of emotional and political connection,” the couple writes. According to the authors, Jill Biden was taken aback by her husband’s choice of Harris as the Democratic vice presidential contender in 2020.
“In a private conversation with a key advisor to her husband’s campaign, the future first lady asked a pointed question. “Does it have to be the one who assaulted Joe?” she asks, according to the book.