KAMALA Harris is “unequivocally out of her depth", former White House press secretary Sean Spicer revealed, as her “toxic” office saw seven staffers dramatically leave.
The vice president’s first year has been plagued with rumors of dysfunction and allegations of bullying.
Her approval ratings stand at 44 percent one year in, according to polls conducted by CBS.
Spicer, who served under former president Trump, says Harris is “unequivocally out of her depth”.
He told The Sun: “There’s no question about it. Staffers in the White House are doing everything they can to shield both Kamala and Joe Biden just to protect the image.”
Thomas Gift, a US politics expert at University College London, branded the vice president’s performance “hugely disappointing”.
He said: “She hasn’t been given very many high profile policy issues to work with and she’s had a number of gaffes herself.
“I think there’s a reason why the White House, by and large, has tried to keep her out of the limelight.
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“At the beginning, you would’ve thought that she would be the heir apparent or the most likely candidate to succeed Joe Biden.
“I don’t think she’s done herself any favors and I just can’t imagine her being a potential Democratic nominee down the line.”
Kamala has lost seven staffers in total since her visit to the southern border in June last year.
Peter Velz, who was director of press operations for the VP, revealed he has left the White House.
He tweeted January 5: “I will be forever grateful to Vice President Harris, the incredible team, and I’m so proud of our work this past year supporting this historic Administration.”
Velz said working in the White House was “amazing” and had been an “absolute joy”.
Vincent Evans also left his post as Deputy Director of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in January, and the vice president’s chief spokesperson Symone Sanders also departed.
SLEW OF RESIGNATIONS
Ashley Etienne resigned as Harris’ communications director in November.
Vanity Fair reported that Etienne was leaving Harris' team to pursue "other opportunities."
But several sources have told CNN that Etienne's exit was a "long time coming."
Etienne was "not a good fit" for the VP's office, they said, and had not done enough to counter the negative press Harris has been facing.
Sources that spoke to the outlet claimed Harris' staff repeatedly "failed her and left her exposed".
Several of the reported complaints about Harris' office involved her chief of staff Tina Flournoy.
Some staffers accused Flournoy of creating an “insular environment” where potential ideas are dismissed and officials reportedly delayed making decisions.
Others were also reportedly blindsided by Harris’ sudden decision to visit the US-Mexico border in June.
A report unearthed by Politico revealed that around two dozen current and ex vice-presidential aides, officials, and associates of Biden and Harris appeared to blast the VP and Flournoy.
Blaming Harris, one said: “People are thrown under the bus from the very top. There are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment.
“It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like s***.”
FUMBLING UNDER PRESSURE
Staffers Karly Satkowiak and Gabrielle DeFranceschi also left the White House this year.
And, Rajan Kaur, a former aide who worked with the VP on her digital team, left after not relocating to Washington.
Despite the onslaught of criticism, some branded Harris as “the most perceptive person on the planet”.
Harris came under fire for her handling of the migration crisis in her role as Joe Biden’s “border czar”.
Before eventually visiting the southern border, Harris appeared to fumble under pressure when being quizzed by journalists.
Harris visited Guatemala to be informed about the root causes of migration but the trip was branded a failure by commentators.
Laura Barron Lopez told CNN: “Again, immigration, as you mention is a hot potato that no one wants to touch, and Harris has been dealt it and she has to handle now what Biden had to handle when he was VP which is relationships with the northern triangle.”
Harris also came under fire for laughing when being quizzed on Afghanistan.
She was heavily criticized for their previous comments about coronavirus travel bans when the air restrictions from South Africa were imposed in November.
At the time, she said: “We'll take it one step at a time, but as of now, we've done what we believe is necessary,” according to CSPAN's Craig Caplan.
But, when Trump temporarily halted travelers from China in January 2020, she said the ban “undermined” America’s core values.
She alleged: “It is driven by hate, not security.”
Despite the allegations and blunders, Biden revealed that Harris will be his running mate should he run for re-election in 2024.
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