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Harris Hires Two More Advisers As She Takes Larger Policy Role Within Administration

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Vice President Kamala Harris has brought in a pair of additional advisers at a time when her role in various policy arenas including voting rights and immigration is increasing, Reuters reported.

The VP has Lorraine Voles and Adam Frankel, both of whom worked with Harris during the transition.

They are expected to focus on various areas such as long-term planning, organizational development, and strategic communications, according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity and who is familiar with the new hires.

Both of the new advisers began in their roles in August, Reuters added, but are slated to serve only temporarily in the White House, according to the official. It’s not clear how long they plan to stay.

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“Their experience has been and will continue to be a valuable resource for our whole team, as we v and fulfill the administration’s ambitious policy agenda,” the official told Reuters.

“Voles is a public relations and crisis communications expert and Frankel worked as a speechwriter for former President Barack Obama,” the newswire added.

Speculation about Harris taking on an outsized policy role actually began in March, when the White House made an unprecedented announcement — that instead of the ‘the Biden administration,’ government agencies would be directed to use the phrase ‘Biden-Harris administration.’

The move was aimed at raising the status of Harris, according to a federal employee who shared an email with Outspoken in late March.

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“Please be sure to reference the current administration as the ‘Biden-Harris Administration’ in official public communications,” the email said, with “Biden-Harris Administration” in bold letters.

“Big news: The Biden-Harris Administration set a new record this weekend with 6 million shots reported administered. We’re ramping up vaccination efforts every day to get America vaccinated quickly and equitably,” a subsequent tweet from the White House noted.

Big news: The Biden-Harris Administration set a new record this weekend with 6 million shots reported administered. We’re ramping up vaccination efforts every day to get America vaccinated quickly and equitably,” the tweet said, a reference to the number of new COVID-19 vaccines given. 

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Outspoken noted that neither of the two previous White Houses referred to both the president and the vice president in ‘administration.’

“Follow for the latest from President Obama and his administration,” an Obama White House description noted. “Welcome to @WhiteHouse! Follow for the latest from President @realDonaldTrump and his Administration,” said a Trump White House description.

“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,” Outspoken reported.

At the time of the announcement, Biden was increasingly having difficulty communicating and functioning in public, leading people to speculate about his mental health. Days earlier, he infamously tripped up the steps to Air Force One, and had trouble recalling the name of his newly appointed defense secretary, Lloyd Austin.

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And Harris was holding an unusually high number of solo phone calls with world leaders — so many that even the Washington Post framed those conversations as “an unusually large number for a new vice president.”

“World leaders expect to hear from the president of the United States, not the vice president,” acting director of national intelligence Richard Grenell told 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 noted further. “This is a signal that he can’t do the job alone.”

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