WASHINGTON (AP) – When President Biden named Kamala Harris as his partner, there were rumors about his ambitions. Will the former opponent be the loyal soldier of the president, whom he criticized so sharply during the campaign?
Burning those whispers were their relationship. Or sincerely, but at first it was not very close.
But 100 days after Biden took office, things look different. Harris has become one of Biden’s top advocates for the administration, standing by him in most of his key statements, building relationships that, aides say, are closer than most presidents have had under their command.
Harris has taken on one of the administration’s most difficult tasks: addressing the root causes of US-Central American migration. The problem has been uncorrupted presidents of both sides for years, there are no easy solutions.
Tina Florno, Harris’s chief of staff, said the vice president “welcomed it”.
“He told me, ‘When you decide you are going to run, անունը your name is on the ballot, there are no two boxes next to it that say’ easy work ‘or’ hard work, ‘” Flornoy said. ,
Florno added about difficult problems. “Should we ignore them because they are difficult? Or do we really have to dig in and try to fix them? ”
The COVID-19 epidemic is the administration’s biggest challenge in its first 100 days. The economic crisis of public health of historic proportions has forced the White House to work differently from the day Biden took office.
The sharply limited journey of the epidemic by the President և Vice President, which had at least one silver lining. Because Harris did not move as much as his former vice presidents did in the early days, he spent more time with Biden helping to strengthen their relationship. They both dined every Friday, and on ordinary days could spend four to five hours together, which ensures so that his voice is heard,: fingerprints remain on key political decisions. They point to the expansion of the child tax credit and the financing of child care as examples of its priorities.
Florno said Harris had a role to play in developing Biden’s agenda to “sell it” both to the American people and to the hill.
Colleagues say Harris was encouraged by some of the less-than-attractive aspects of the administration’s $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure program, as he promoted the wide-ranging access to water problems he experienced as a U.S. senator in California. provisions: expanding the use of electric vehicles.
As the nation’s first CC, the South Asian woman’s vice president informs her office in both large and small arms. And on Wednesday he will have a significant place behind Biden, when he speaks for the first time in the joint session of Congress.
Harris preferred to make the issues that have been a priority for most of his career a reflection of his own experience. On his first day in office, he told aides he wanted to focus on helping small businesses. She also focused on policies that affect women and children, including maternal mortality. And he talked about the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 epidemic և slow economy on women մարդկանց people of color.
Harris decorated his office with a small movement of his historical role. The bust of the Abolinist Frederick Douglas, donated by his mother, Howard University, along with the shoulder straps of the female commander of the first brigade of the US Naval Academy.
Supporting the president’s agenda may strengthen their relationship, but it has left some lawyers wanting more from him on two key issues: criminal justice reform and immigration.
On criminal justice reform, which is one of his top priorities, Harris is unlikely to get ahead. Although he spoke alongside Biden in response to recent mass shootings and announcements of his executive orders on weapons, the administration as a whole has not given public importance to the issue.
Andrea James Ames, executive director of the National Council for Women’s National Prisoner’s Girls’ Council, said that given that Harris was “a woman of color, her story, her pride, talking about her mother, who was a brave, courageous woman, she struggled with obstacles.” because of the color of his skin, ”they expected to see more of him when he raised the issue.
Proponents say Harris is making phone calls behind the scenes of the Capitol to work on criminal justice.
On immigration, Harris was given the go-ahead from left to right as he took on his new role, addressing the root causes of southern border migration.
Although Republicans have criticized Biden and Harris for not being able to do so because they have not yet visited the border, progressive immigration groups have complained that the administration has not done enough to provide citizenship for documented immigrants.
Lorella Prayelli, chair of the Community Change Action, said Harris was a “true champion for immigrants” as a senator, and that he could now “lean forward to help address this issue”.
Some of Harris’ allies have expressed concern that the issue is so amorphous, unsolvable, that there is no clear solution, that Harris will be severely judged, even if he makes progress.
The concern stems in part from Harris’ desire to defend his political future. While Biden insists he is running for re-election, many political observers believe he will make a decision against it, paving the way for Harris.
Experts and lawyers who have focused on immigration say it is too early to judge the results of his work there. So far, Harris has held talks with the leaders of Mexico, Guatemala, and plans to make his first trip to the region in June.
Dan Restrepo, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who met with Harris on the issue, said he was “asking very good questions” and that his early move to bring together experts on the migrant crisis was “a really encouraging sign.” He also criticized the fact that Harris has no experience in resolving the issue.
“I think the skills he brings to the table as a successful politician, one of the people he acquires, are probably the most powerful translation skills,” he said.
According to aides, this humane approach shapes his approach to everything from politics to diplomacy.
“He will emphasize that we need to speak directly to the American people, that he does not want to just give rhetoric,” said Rohini Kosoglu, Harris’ domestic policy adviser.
“When Harris is reported before calling or meeting a foreign leader, he wants more than just the political elite asking about the leader’s hobbies և interests, so he has a real human feeling,” Flornoy said. When he spoke to the Prime Minister of Japanese Aponia earlier this month, he wanted to know about his love of baseball.
And when he swears to the new members of the Government in his solemn office in front of the White House, says Flornoy, Harris asks them to take a moment to be present, telling them to think “about all the reasons here, all the work you are going to do.”
Then he takes them out on his balcony to look at the American flag flying high over the West.