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There appears to be a major rift in the Biden-Harris administration after Biden ordered airstrikes in Syria on Thursday.
“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,” the editor “amuse” of the website Deplatformed tweeted.
— @amuse (@amuse) February 26, 2021
In his first tweet, Amuse cited a report from The Washington Post indicating that Biden’s team notified Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ahead of the airstrikes in Syria.
“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.
One America News Network host Jack Posobiec tweeted that sources informed him that Kamala Harris was “very upset” about not being told about the airstrikes.
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
This comes on the heels of reports that Harris is now taking command of vital presidential tasks, such as calling other world leaders, something that has always been handled by the president of the United States.
Harris recently spoke with the President of France President Emmanuel Macron.
Harris “expressed her commitment to strengthening bilateral ties between the United States and France and to revitalizing the transatlantic alliance.”
Harris and 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.”
And they “discussed numerous regional challenges, including those in the Middle East and Africa, and the need to confront them together.”
Harris also called on the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“The prime minister congratulated the vice president on her historic election, and she recalled fondly her years spent in Montréal,” Trudeau’s office said.
For reference, Vice President Mike Pence did not have the same authority on making calls with world leaders, President Donald Trump handled the calls.
As noted by Newsmax: “It is bizarre for a vice president to be making contact with key world leaders just weeks into a new administration.”
This is so unprecedented that now Yahoo News is rushing to defend the move by claiming that Biden may not run again in 2024 and that Harris is trying to get “experience.”
Biden wants Harris to catch up and has urged her to engage with foreign leaders directly and develop her own rapport with key U.S. partners.
Another, more strategic reason for the encouragement: as the heir apparent to the Democratic Party—especially if Biden, who is 78 years old, doesn’t run for re-election—Harris needs to bulk up her foreign policy expertise, and fast.
An Asian ambassador, who spoke on condition of anonymity, issued a rather strong statement on the move.
“The interest in her from outside is really about: Is she the future of the Democratic Party? Biden in a way represents the traditional white male politician. And Vice President Harris is in many ways the future: female, blended family … But her policy views, they are still waiting to be shaped out.”
The push to get Harris to this position started early.
Last month, Harris called the director-general of the World Health Organization to discuss the U.S. role in the global Covid-19 response.
Since then, she has held solo calls with Trudeau and Macron, given a speech at the State Department, and participated in the first bilateral meeting of the new administration between the U.S. and Canada.
Yahoo News attempted to chalk this up as Harris is just trying to “get experience” and expand her knowledge on foreign policy.
But there are many ways to do that other than giving her duties that have always been handled by the president of the United States.
A sitting president does not refuse to speak with other world leaders so his vice president can “get experience.”
Many would argue that there’s much more to this story than has been reported.