Biden Switches Seats to Avoid Sitting Next to Kamala Harris - WATCH
The uncomfortable exchange was posted by Benny Johnson
Amid various whispers of alleged tension between Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, a brief interaction between the two has reinforced the rumors.
Biden and Harris attended the United States Capitol on Thursday to honor former Senate majority leader and Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, who died on Sunday.
As Harris found her way to her designated chair with her husband, Biden later followed with his wife Jill before the award exchange happened.
Biden appeared to purposefully avoid eye contact with Harris as he walked past her.
Biden continued to ignore Harris as he found his seat.
🚨 AWKWARD, SHADE WAR:— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 9, 2021
Joe Biden Refuses to acknowledge Kamala as he walks right past her in US Capitol. Then Joe asks Jill to SWITCH SEATS so he won’t be close to VP. Neither make eye contact as Joe looks AT THE CEILING and Kamala looks at the floor.
CRINGE. See for yourself: pic.twitter.com/urCVJOq8Qa
He then turned to Jill and asked her something.
The two then switched seats, setting Biden further away from Harris.
The uncomfortable exchange was posted by Benny Johnson, host of “The Benny Show.”
But because Biden's statement is unclear, it would be impossible to prove that he switched seats to get away from Harris.
But the video does suggest there is something not right between the two.
Regardless of what Biden's intentions are, the optics are terrible.
According to a CNN report, Biden staff were growing tired of “entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus” from Harris and her staff.
“It is natural that those of us who know her know how much more helpful she can be than she is currently being asked to be,” California lieutenant governor Eleni Kounalakis said.
“That’s where the frustration is coming from.”
Harris later went on ABC News for a one-on-one interview with “Good Morning America” co-host George Stephanopoulos.
“We’re getting things done, and we’re doing it together,” Harris said.
Although she said she did not feel she was being underused, she did not fully deny the reports of tension with Biden.
Last month, rumors began to swirl that Biden's administration was planning to replace Harris.
Fox News host Jesse Watters has suggested that Biden may be considering removing Harris as her popularity among voters has continued to plummet.
The network has allegedly heard “whispers” that secret "high-profile" confirmation hearings are coming up in Congress.