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Jen Psaki Smacks Down Rumors Biden's White House Team Has Been Sidelining Kamala Harris

Jen Psaki Smacks Down Rumors Biden's White House Team Has Been Sidelining Kamala Harris
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is certainly no stranger to dealing with misinformation, but the newest rumor she quashed was certainly a doozy.

She took to Twitter recently to put to rest the rumor the White House has been intentionally sidelining Vice President Kamala Harris.

Psaki's tweet assured folks the Vice President is working on:

“key, important challenges facing the country—from voting rights to addressing root causes of migration to expanding broadband."

Psaki's assurances VP Harris is doing important work may seem a bit random, but her tweet came after an article from CNN titled "Exasperation and dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris' frustrating start as Vice President."

The CNN story presented a situation in which White House staffers largely ignore the Vice President, while she is frustrated with the lack or support she is getting and the seemingly impossible issues she is expected to solve.

According to CNN:

"Harris is struggling with a rocky relationship with some parts of the White House, while long-time supporters feel abandoned and see no coherent public sense of what she's done or been trying to do as vice president.

Many were thankful for Psaki's support of the Vice President.

Others called out CNN for sexism, misogyny and racism for holding Harris to a higher standard of action than her White, male predecessors.

What were Al Gore, Dick Cheney, Joe Biden or Mike Pence doing day to day during the first 10 months of their first/only term?

Harris' work hasn't been heavily featured in the press, but that lack of coverage doesn't mean she has been doing nothing.

She recently returned from a trip to France during which she met with French President Emmanuel Macron and attended a conference about promoting democratic elections in Libya.

She also committed the USA to joining a non-binding international declaration to protect its civilians from cyber attacks while there.

Of her time in France, Harris said:

"I think there is no question that I'm here as a representative for my country, and my presence here is reflective of the priorities that the United States has as it relates to France."