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Vice President Kamala Harris and her family may believe they can do whatever they want ever since the 2020 presidential election, but that is not the case and it is a lesson they just learned.
The vice president’s niece, Meena Harris, has been promoting her clothing line and other products both during and after the 2020 presidential campaign.
She has been warned to stop it before and now the White House is getting extremely annoyed at the young women, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Five days before Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president, her niece, Meena Harris, appeared on the “Today” show for an interview conducted by Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush.
Meena discussed the historic nature of the moment, along with a pitch for her latest children’s book, “Ambitious Girl,” released on the eve of the inauguration. She wore a pink sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Ambitious” in large type, plugging a popular item in her Phenomenal brand clothing line.
All this as pictures of Meena and Kamala Harris flashed across the screen.
The television appearance, like others in recent months, demonstrated the degree to which the 36-year-old social media influencer has meshed her personal brand with her aunt’s ascendant political career.
A current White House official said they were stunned because an unpaid volunteer for a campaign would not be given a platform with national television appearances and glossy magazine spreads if she was not related to the vice president.
She has used the forum she has been given to promote her lifestyle lines, which includes headphones, books, videos and clothing using the vice president’s name, likeness and slogans.
White House officials have become concerned that because of the vice president’s new high profile her niece could bring unwanted scrutiny to Vice President Harris.
“Some things can’t be undone,” a White House official said to The Times. “That being said: Behavior needs to change.”
Meena defended her business practices to The Times.
“Since the beginning of the campaign, I have insisted on upholding all legal and ethical standards and will continue to strictly adhere to the ethics rules of the Biden/Harris White House,” she said.
“With regards to Phenomenal, it was always our plan to remove the likeness of the Vice President from the website before the Inauguration, and refrain from using her likeness in any products or campaigns going forward,” she said.
Meena was told, after President Joe Biden and Vice President Harris won the 2020 presidential election, that she had to stop making clothing or penning new books with the name or likeness of her famous aunt on them.
“Since the beginning of the campaign, I have insisted on upholding all legal and ethical standards and will continue to strictly adhere to the ethics rules of the Biden/Harris White House. With regards to Phenomenal, it was always our plan to remove the likeness of the Vice President from the website before the Inauguration, and refrain from using her likeness in any products or campaigns going forward,” Meena said to The Times.