Has Biden had enough of Kamala?
After promising to lunch with Vice President Kamala Harris once a week, when he first took office, President Biden has only lunched with Harris twice in the last four months.
When Biden gained office, he vowed to make lunching alone with Harris a weekly event, as had been the case when he was President Barack Obama’s Vice President but has fallen short of the promise, according to his calendar.
Real Clear Politics noted that Biden the lunches would be “the deal when we’re both in-country,” adding that “we’ll be for a while because of COVID, and I see her all the time.”
However, since the President has taken office, Biden and Harris’ offices seem to have grown distant.
Many speculate this has to do with Harris’s mishandling issues and her reportedly toxic work environment, which have blemished her image and her central role in the White House.
This week, Harris’s distant relationship with the President came under scrutiny when she tested positive for COVID-19, but Biden wasn’t listed under her close contacts.
The White House statement clarified that Harris and Biden had last seen each other eight days before her positive test — on April 18.
When questioned about Biden not sticking to his promise of frequent lunches, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki argued that the lunches are still a top priority for Biden.
On Wednesday (April 27), Psaki said to reporters that Harris and Biden would not be “dining in person while she is quarantining at home.” However, she emphasized that they had spoken on Tuesday (April 26), adding that she expects Biden and Harris “will speak regularly while she is quarantining.”