It was millions of Americans’ belief that when they voted for the Biden/Harris ticket in November, that Joe Biden would be the president. Yet less than two months into the new regime, Biden is the “missing president,” while the Kamala Harris takeover continues.
“Just six weeks since taking office, Vice President Harris is playing an integral role in President Biden’s foreign policy, putting her personal stamp on behind-the-scenes debates and on the world stage as she works to advance Biden’s diplomatic agenda,” the Washington Post reported on Monday.
“Harris has spoken independently of Biden to at least six world leaders, the White House says, an unusually large number for a new vice president; joined his virtual White House summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; and given remarks at the State Department,” the report continued.
The Washington Post continues on about how Harris’s role has been pivotal in U.S. foreign relations with Iran.
“She was also a vocal participant in deliberations over how to respond to Iran-backed militias’ attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, as well as whether to sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, White House aides said, according to the Post.
“She was part of a small group that met twice with [Defense Secretary Lloyd] Austin and [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark] Milley and talked through the options,” a senior White House official said. “She really pressed on the question of how to try to achieve some measure of deterrence while managing escalation.”
The new report conflicts with an earlier claim that Kamala Harris was “notified” about the airstrike on Iranian-backed rebels in Syria:
“President Biden informed Putin about his plan to bomb Syria before he told Kamala Harris. Putin got the call just before the bombing while Harris learned about it afterward on the news.”
A Washington Post report gives Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s account of the Biden administration’s notification.
“Our military was warned four or five minutes in advance. Of course, this has no value even from the angle of deconfliction, as they say in relations between Russian and U.S. servicemen,” Lavrov told a Moscow news conference. He said the U.S. notice was given when the strike was “already being delivered.” He referred to communications between the U.S. and Russian militaries to “deconflict” Syrian airspace to avoid clashes between their aircraft.
Jack Posobiec of OANN had noted that Kamala Harris was “very upset” about not being told about the air strikes in advance.
Kamala Harris was not informed prior to the Syrian bombing and is very upset about being left out of the loop, per WH official
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 26, 2021
Kamala Harris was at a minimum very aware of impending action against the Iranian-backed rebels, or even more sugggestively, played a strong hand in developing the U.S. response. If Harris was part of a “small group” that met with the Defense Secretary and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, she was not cut entirely “out of the loop.”
As reported here earlier, Harris has been taking taking several of Biden’s calls with world leaders. The National Pulse noted that Biden was missing from a call with French President Emanuel Macron. This is from the White House’s press readout:
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France, and expressed her commitment to strengthening bilateral ties between the United States and France and to revitalizing the transatlantic alliance. Vice President Harris and President Macron agreed on the need for close bilateral and multilateral cooperation to address COVID-19, climate change, and support democracy at home and around the world. They also discussed numerous regional challenges, including those in the Middle East and Africa, and the need to confront them together. The Vice President thanked President Macron for his leadership on the issue of gender equality and for France’s contribution to NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.
The National Pulse also reports that Harris also recently spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This is not typical behavior, especially considering what Joe Biden was doing on President’s Day weekend: Playing Mario Kart with his granddaughter.
The latest news about Kamala Harris’s steady “takeover” of the Biden presidency comes amid the president’s conspicuous absense when it comes to normal official duties, such as failing to give a press briefing in over 46 full days in office.
Even the Washington Post has noticed. The Editorial Board issued an opinion editorial that bluntly stated, “It’s past time for Biden to hold a news conference.”
“White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that President Biden would hold a news conference ‘before the end of the month’,” the Editorial Board said. “Last month would have been better, and this week would be better than next. Avoiding news conferences must not become a regular habit for Mr. Biden. He is the president, and Americans have every right to expect that he will regularly submit himself to substantial questioning,” the Post continued.
The Post also pointed out that Biden’s track record was indeed, ‘not normal.’
“But each of his 15 most recent predecessors, including Mr. Trump, held a full news conference within their first 33 days in office,” the Post reported. “Mr. Biden has been in office for 46 days. It was only after journalists’ complaints became increasingly loud — and following a wave of bad press — that Ms. Psaki announced Friday that the president would appear for an extended, unaccompanied question-and-answer session with reporters.”
No wonder Jen Psaki said on Monday that Joe Biden will hold his first primetime address on Thursday to mark the original date of COVID arriving in the United States.
“He will discuss the many sacrifices that the American people have made over the last year and the grave loss communities and families across the country have suffered,” Psaki said. “The president will look forward to highlighting the role that Americans will play in beating the virus and moving the country to getting back to normal.”
As for a State of the Union address, there is currently no word. The state of Biden, on the other hand, is still “missing.”
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