Former Biden adviser Symone Sanders to host MSNBC show
MSNBC has hired Symone Sanders, former aide to President Joe Biden and spokeswoman for Vice President Kamala Harris, to host shows on its television and streaming services. Sanders announced only last month that she was leaving her job as chief spokesperson for Harris. Sanders, 32, will host a Washington-based weekend show on MSNBC, along with a program on “The Choice from MSNBC,” a news and analysis destination on the Peacock streaming service.news.yahoo.com
Symone Sanders leaving Vice President Kamala Harris' office
Symone Sanders, senior advisor and chief spokesperson to Vice President Kamala Harris, is leaving the VP’s office by the end of this year, three White House officials told Axios on Wednesday.Why it matters: The VP has faced an onslaught of criticism in her first year centered on her leadership and staff, adding to the suggestion, she’s not the Democratic Party’s preferred nominee for 2024. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeAshleynews.yahoo.com
Kamala Harris to travel to Singapore and Vietnam for first overseas trip
Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Singapore and Vietnam next month for her second foreign trip since taking office, her spokesperson confirmed Friday.Why it matters: Harris will become the first vice president to ever visit Vietnam, and the highest-ranking Biden official to travel to Asia as the administration looks to rally an international coalition to curb China's influence. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeWhat theynews.yahoo.com
VP Kamala Harris' spokesperson Symone Sanders pushes back against claims of secrecy and strife in office: 'We are not making rainbows and bunnies all day'
News reports on Wednesday cited sources who accused Tina Flournoy, Harris' chief of staff, of isolating Harris' allies in recent months.news.yahoo.com
Harris targets corruption, immigration on Latin America trip
With Kamala Harris visiting Guatemala and Mexico on her first foreign trip as vice president, the Biden administration is expected to announce new measures to fight smuggling and trafficking, and hopes to announce additional anti-corruption efforts as well on Monday.
VP Harris' plane forced to return due to `technical issue'
A technical issue that involved “no major safety concerns” forced Vice President Kamala Harris' plane to return to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland about 30 minutes after she had left Sunday on a trip to Guatemala and Mexico. The vice president was expected to depart in another plane in about an hour, spokesperson Symone Sanders told reporters traveling with Harris. There are no major safety concerns,'' Sanders said.news.yahoo.com
US urging Central America to tackle poverty, corruption
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is trying to entice Central American nations to tackle the corruption and poverty that have helped drive a surge of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border and presented an early challenge for the Biden administration.
Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff to move into vice president's residence after two-month delay
Vice President Kamala Harris is finally moving into the Naval Observatory next week according to chief spokesperson Symone Sanders, over two months after Inauguration Day. Harris and her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, couldn't immediately settle in at the vice president's residence because of "repairs to the residence" that were "more easily conducted with the home unoccupied," CBS News first reported. Harris and Emhoff have been staying at Blair House, just across the street from the White House, since the day after President Biden was inaugurated. During their stay at Blair House, the barricade surrounding the White House complex was expanded to provide additional security. Seven vice presidents have called Number One Observatory Circle their home while in office, beginning with Vice President Walter Mondale.cbsnews.com
Vice presidents' policy projects come with political risks
That's likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Harris' team has clarified that the vice president does not own all of immigration policy. Kamarck's argument bucks the traditional wisdom, which says if a vice president does well on thorny issues, more credit goes to the president and, if not, it gives the president some political cover. The matter of who gets praise, or blame, is even trickier when it's clear the vice president has White House aspirations.
VP to focus on border diplomacy; no immediate plans to visit
Harris has no plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border region “in the near future,” spokeswoman Symone Sanders said Friday. Sanders said Harris will go to the border at some point but emphasized the diplomatic nature of the vice president's role. “The vice president is not doing the border,” Sanders told reporters on a flight to Connecticut, where Harris was promoting the administration's COVID-19 relief package. He tweeted out photos of dozens of minors, wrapped in foil-like space blankets, lying on the floor of crowded Border Patrol facilities. It is not unusual to see increases in migrants coming across the border at this time of year and the Border Patrol has faced similar situations in the past, the official said.
Interview flap shows challenges as Harris settles in as VP
The flap was an early signal of some of the issues Harris faces as she settles in and seeks to define her position within the White House. "Harris has a challenge in figuring out what is her role, what’s her specialty in this White House,” said longtime Democratic strategist Joel Payne. Harris also misspoke on some details in her West Virginia interview, referring to “abandoned land mines” instead of “abandoned mine lands” in coal country. She will constantly have to ask herself the question: Would a previous vice president be critiqued in this way?” he said. Even after the interview, Harris’ aides said she was calling lawmakers to advocate for the bill and hear their concerns.
Blair House guest quarters a temporary home for VP Harris
In this Jan. 25, 2021 photo, Secret Service vehicles parked outside of Blair House in Washington. Blair House, the official government guest house, is serving as a temporary home for Vice President Kamala Harris. AdSo Harris moved into Blair House, where President Harry Truman lived from 1948-1952 during major renovations to the White House. The original Blair House was built in 1824 by Joseph Lovell, the Army surgeon general, and later sold to journalist Francis Preston Blair. The Blair family sold the house to the U.S. government in the early 1940s, and it was turned into the president's official guest house.
Harris prepares for central role in Biden's White House
Harris will make history Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, when she becomes the nations first Black, South Asian and female vice president. Biden and Harris knew each other prior to the 2020 presidential campaign in part through Harris’ friendship with Biden’s deceased son, Beau. Since joining the ticket, and particularly since the election, Harris has made efforts to deepen their relationship and is in frequent contact with the president-elect, people close to Harris say. “The relationship of the vice president to the president is the most important relationship. Harris is said to be looking at Biden’s vice presidency as a guide for her own.
Biden names Jen Psaki White House press secretary along with an all-female senior communications team
Previously, Alexander worked as Press Secretary for the United Nations Foundation, Press Secretary to Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, Communications Director for Congressman Adam Schiff, and Deputy Press Secretary for Senator Chuck Schumer. Kate Bedingfield, White House Communications DirectorKate Bedingfield served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for the Biden-Harris Campaign. She served as Communications Director for Vice President Biden and as Associate Communications Director, Deputy Director of Media Affairs, and the Director of Response in the Obama-Biden White House. Jen Psaki, White House Press SecretaryJen Psaki currently oversees the confirmations team for the Biden-Harris Transition. During the Obama-Biden administration, Psaki held several senior roles, including White House Communications Director, State Department Spokesperson under then-Secretary of State John Kerry, Deputy White House Communications Director and Deputy White House Press Secretary during the financial crisis.cnbc.com
After Biden speech disrupted, U.S. lawmakers want Secret Service to protect candidates
A Secret Service spokeswoman confirmed that no Democratic candidate was currently being protected. No Democratic candidate has begun the multi-step process to obtain Secret Service protection, DHS spokeswoman Heather Swift said in a statement. The U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee requested Secret Service protection for both Biden and Sanders. The Secret Service provides security for the president and his family, including lifetime support for former occupants of the Oval Office. Federal law authorizes Secret Service protection for vice presidents and their families for up to six months after they leave office.feeds.reuters.com