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Is it now time for the Kamala Harris takeover?
A leaked email from a federal government agency reveals that the White House is seemingly playing word games to downplay Joe Biden’s occupation of the White House.
Instead of using distinguished titles such as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, now they are trying to merge the two and call it the “Biden-Harris Administration” on official White House documents.
The mandatory directive, the leak from Outspoken reveals, came from a high-ranking White House communications team member.
It calls on all agencies to refer to the Biden administration as the “Biden-Harris Administration.”
“Please be sure to reference the current administration as the ‘Biden-Harris Administration’ in official public communications,” the directive reads, with “Biden-Harris Administration” accented in bold.
Below is a screenshot allegedly leaked to Outspoken from a federal employee:
The subtle move to diminish Biden was also reflected in the official Twitter account for the White House.
The description for that account now reads, “Welcome to the Biden-Harris White House!”
Check it out:
The highly specific language also appears on the websites of all 15 executive departments. Press releases and other communications from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, and the Attorney General all exclusively refer to the Biden-Harris Administration, in lieu of only naming the president, which has been customary until now.
That language now appears to apply to all agencies that work with the federal government.
The email provided to Outspoken and redacted to protect the identity of the source–who requested anonymity citing fears of repercussions in the workplace–was sent to a “bipartisan” federal agency established by Congress to deal in foreign relations and is not affiliated with the State Department.
In another unprecedented move, Harris has been conducting solo phone calls with world leaders.
This month, Harris spoke with the prime minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, without Biden present.
Harris previously took calls alone with French President Emanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Harris also participated in the first bilateral meeting between the U.S. and Canada, an opportunity that previous vice presidents, including Biden, were not permitted.
In February, one European ambassador remarked to Politico that, “[Harris] will be seen by everyone as a potential president in waiting. Much more than in previous presidencies.”
Other critics see Harris’s elbowing into world affairs as unsettling. “World leaders expect to hear from the President of the United States, not the Vice President,” former Ambassador to Germany and former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said to Outspoken. “There are certainly times when the Vice President has to step in but not for the introductory call.”
“The fact that the White House is instructing federal agencies to replace ‘Biden’ with ‘Biden-Harris’ after less than 60 days is indicative of the struggle Joe Biden is already having being President,” Grenell said. “This is a signal that he can’t do the job alone.”