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(RepublicanWire.org) – Nearly two dozen black White House staffers have left the administration since late 2021 or are planning to leave soon due to an unsupportive work environment and little chance for promotion.

A former White House official told Politico according to a report from Tuesday, the remarkable number of black staff departures has led some aides to call it a “Blaxit” or “Black Exit.”

“We’re here and we’re doing a lot of work, but we’re not decision-makers and there’s no real way to become decision-makers,” a current black White House official said, according to the report. “There is no real feedback and there is no clear path to any kind of promotion.”

Another black worker said low wages are driving many minority staff members out, especially in a city with one of the highest cost of living in the country.

Entry-level White House salaries only start at $48,000.

The first notable exit from this ‘Blaxit’ movement came in December 2021, when Vice President Kamala Harris’ chief spokesman Symone Sanders announced she was leaving. She landed on MSNBC where her self-titled show debuted on May 7.

In the weeks and months following early 2022, Harris senior assistants Tina Flournoy, Ashley Etienne and Vincent Evans all left, as did her public engagement head Cedric Richmond.

Including those departures that began late last year, at least 21 black staffers have now or are planning to leave the White House in the coming weeks and months.

Black staffers who have left the White House in the past five months include public engagement assistant Carissa Smith; gender policy officer Kalisha Dessources Figures; Senior Director of the National Security Council Linda Etim; Digital Engagement Director Cameron Trimble; and associate counsel Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo.

Also leaving are Chief of Staff Ron Klain advisers Elizabeth Wilkins and Niyat Mulughetal; press assistant Natalie Austin; National Economic Council staff Joelle Gamble and Connor Maxwell; and presidential staff aides Danielle Okai, Reggie Greer and Rayshawn Dyson.

Other black government staffers who plan to leave in the coming weeks include Deputy White House Adviser Danielle Conley and Assistant to the Council of Economic Advisers Saharra Griffin, according to the Politico report.

Some staffers left on good terms, including for other administration and graduate school jobs, while others said they wanted to refocus after years in a tense work environment with little free time or support from superiors.

“I have worked for both the president and vice president throughout the campaign cycle and found the opportunity to serve the American people in the Biden-Harris White House nothing short of an honor,” Austin said upon her departure.

“I loved my experience on the press team, and left because I wanted a chance to spend more time with family after nearly three years of campaigning and government work.”

Many black White House staffers said Richmond’s departure was particularly difficult for them.

They described the former Harris aide as a “big brother,” “voice of the people” and a “core” for black staffers. His departure, they added, has made people “a little nervous.”

“They generally brought in a lot of black people to start with without ever setting up infrastructure to keep them or help them be successful,” said a black White House official. “If there’s no clear infrastructure to be successful, you become as invisible in this space as if you weren’t there.”

Richmond, now a senior adviser to the Democratic National Committee, told Politico that the White House gave young black staffers more responsibility than other governments and that many who left were doing so for higher-pay jobs.

“A lot of people have had this rut for a while and it’s a hard grind, so a reduction in the pace of work and a better salary will be more attractive,” he says. “For young African-American staffers who can earn these kinds of salaries, it changes not only their plight, but also that of their families.”

The exodus of black staffers had raised concerns among those pushing for diversification in government offices.

“I’ve heard about an exodus of black White House officials — ‘Blaxit’ — and I’m concerned,” Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies chairman Spencer Overton told Politico.

The group’s chairman, which tracks staff diversity figures in government, added: “Black voters accounted for 22 percent of President Biden’s voters in November 2020.”

“It is essential that black staffers are not only recruited to serve in senior, middle and junior positions in the White House, but are also involved in key policy and personnel decisions and have career advancement opportunities.”

A White House official pushed back criticism, claiming that 14 percent of current Biden and Harris staffers are black, which is in line with America’s 13.4 percent black population.

Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden’s new press secretary, said: “The president is incredibly proud to have built what continues to be the most diverse White House staff in history, and he is committed to the historic representation of black. staff and all communities.”

“This is a normal time for turnover across the board in any administration and black personnel have been promoted faster than personnel who are not diverse,” she added.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The White House is batting cleanup for President Joe Biden, tweaking the official transcript from the USS Delaware commissioning ceremony after his verbal slip inadvertently promoted First Lady Jill Biden from Dr. Ed. to former Vice President.

“My name is Joe Biden. I am Jill’s husband,” Biden joked to open his remarks on Saturday. “It’s always a good day when I get to celebrate Delaware or spend time with service members and their families or introduce Jill. That’s a trifecta in my family.”

Biden went on to thank all those who had brought the USS Delaware from plan to reality, at which point he turned back to his wife.

“The daughter of a Navy signalman during World War Two, the mother of a member of the Delaware National Guard, the grandmother of children who experienced having their father deployed away from home for a year at a time. She always holds our military and their families in her heart. And that is not hyperbole; that’s real,” Biden continued. “And I’m deeply proud of the work she is doing as First Lady with Joining Forces initiative she started with Michelle Obama when she was vice president and now carries on.”

Although the president apparently made no effort to correct himself at the time, the official White House transcript made a small edit to his comments:

And I’m deeply proud of the work she is doing as First Lady with Joining Forces initiative she started with Michelle Obama when she [I] was Vice President and now carries on.  

Saturday was certainly not the first time Biden has slipped — he has referred to his own Vice President Kamala Harris as “President Harris” on more than one occasion. And recently, instead of revealing the fact that Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff had contracted COVID-19, he announced that the first lady’s husband had tested positive — only to be reminded that he was, in fact, the first lady’s husband.

  

(RepublicanWire.org) – In case you were wondering just how casually and habitually the White House lies to Americans, here’s an illustrative example. On Monday, the Biden Collective made the mistake of allowing their basement gimp to hold a presser. At one point, CBS News correspondent Ed O’Keefe asked the figurehead if he had gotten a chance to watch any of the Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings last week. Biden answered simply, “I didn’t get a chance to see any of it, unfortunately.”

Makes sense; Biden’s been busy overseas, trying to launch World War III by firing off multiple gaffes of mass destruction. It’s understandable that he hasn’t been sitting through the current political theater on the Senate stage.

Alas, his handlers had forgotten to tell him what activities he had supposedly been doing — and just like that, in the space of a second, the narrative that Biden actually cared about “his” nominee’s success vanished in a puff of smoke, along with any remaining credence that he was actually running things in the White House.

You see, just last week, while the Jackson hearings were in progress, Deputy Press Secretary Chris Meagher gave a lengthy statement about how intently Biden was watching the proceedings. Meagher went so far as to pepper the claim with details of Biden’s personal reactions to the event. I was unable to find original video of Meagher lying — it appears to be missing from its page on the Reuters website — but the White House posted a transcript of his remarks. I copied them below and took the liberty of emphasizing the most egregious fabrications. 

Meagher: The President watched portions of Judge Jackson’s hearing yesterday and today and is proud of the way she is showcasing her extraordinary qualifications, her experience, and her even-handedness.  Her dedication to following the facts, the law, and our Constitution as an independent judge is clear.

He was also moved by the grace and dignity she has shown, the deference to senators, and the level of detail she is offering, reinforcing the value of her experience, her intellect, and the strength of her character.

The President was particularly struck when, reacting to Senator Leahy raising the broad support she’d received from the law enforcement community, Judge Jackson spoke about her family members who have served as police officers, saying, “I know what it’s like to have loved ones who go off to protect and to serve, and the fear of not knowing whether or not they’re going to come home again because of crime in the community.  Those are not abstract concepts or political slogans to me.”

As a former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, President Biden also appreciated her respect for the intent of lawmakers and the text of the law.  He appreciated Judge Jackson’s commitment to stay in the lane of judges prescribed by the Constitution and her highlighting the importance of precedent.

He was also struck by how she swiftly dismantled conspiracy theories put forward in bad faith.  They’ve been debunked by numerous fact checks, experts, and the record itself.

(RepublicanWire.org) – As Joe Biden’s approval rating declines to a new low on what seems like a daily basis, the White House is growing increasingly desperate to shore up support among its base, and that includes outreach to the gun control lobby that spent tens of millions of dollars on his 2020 campaign.

Some gun control activists have publicly expressed frustration over the fact that Biden hasn’t made new restrictions on legal gun owners more of a focus of his administration, but as the anti-gun press outlet The Trace reports, the White House plans on showing off its commitment to the issue today by issuing a… written handout.

For the first time since President Joe Biden took office, and in response to mounting criticism that he has abandoned the cause of reducing gun violence, the White House is providing details about the team responsible for that policy. The administration is expected to address those concerns publicly on Monday in the form of a three-page fact sheet, an effort to reassure allies that violence prevention is still a priority.

The document, provided exclusively to The Trace, doubles down on what the administration calls Biden’s “comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy.” But the statement does not include new policy proposals or executive actions, nor an announcement of a new nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which remains without a permanent leader.

“The solutions to gun violence are interdisciplinary,” wrote Stefanie Feldman, a deputy assistant to the president and senior adviser to the Domestic Policy Council. She noted that the Domestic Policy Council has organized a 12-person team to drive a gun violence reduction agenda that includes Chiraag Bains, a deputy assistant to the president for racial justice and equity; Vanessa Chen, a special assistant for criminal justice and guns; and Erin Murphy, a senior policy adviser for criminal justice. The team has existed since the early days of the administration, though it has grown in recent months. It operates under Susan Rice, the head of the Domestic Policy Council. None of the people on the team is focused on gun violence exclusively, though Chen focuses largely on the intersections of guns and criminal justice.

Honestly, I’m a little disappointed that Biden won’t be making any extemporaneous comments about his gun control strategy instead of using a handout. After this weekend’s unscripted remarks calling for regime change in Russia (comments the White House and Democrats have attempted to walk back ever since), I was looking forward to Biden telling us what he really thinks about our right to keep and bear arms instead of filtering it through the White House press office, but I guess the administration must be trying to put his mouth on lockdown as much as possible.

While the new handout doesn’t apparently offer any new anti-gun initiatives, the administration is still moving ahead with several executive actions specifically targeting legal gun owners. Last week the ATF declared that it now considers Forced Reset Triggers (FRTs) machine guns, even though they had to ignore the plain text of the law to reach that conclusion, and next month the agency is also expected to release its final rule on unfinished frames and receivers. Later this year the ATF will also release its rule on pistol stabilizing braces, which is expected to take aim at AR- and AK-style pistols that have braces attached and could result in millions of lawfully purchased firearms to be retroactively designated as short barreled rifles subject to the provisions of the National Firearms Act.

These new rules are liable to have a substantial impact on legal gun owners (several 2A groups have already indicated they’ll fight the regulations in court), and they definitely have the support and approval of gun control activists, but the gun control lobby is still lobbying for Biden to “do more” on their pet issue in Congress; specifically getting behind a new push for his proposed gun ban and compensated confiscation plan, or at least a “universal background check” bill aimed at legal gun owners selling firearms from their private collection.

With support for gun control below 50% in recent polls, however, Biden and his political handlers seem to have settled on a lower-key pre-election strategy of using the ATF and DOJ to promulgate new rules targeting lawful gun owners while avoiding a bitter (and losing) fight in Congress over the centerpiece of Biden’s gun control agenda. The problem with that strategy, at least for Biden, is that there’s an intensity gap between Second Amendment advocates and anti-gun activists, and there are far more voters who believe its more important to protect the right to keep and bear arms than to impose new restrictions. The president may be hoping to satiate the gun prohibitionists with his executive actions, but I think he’s going to stir up a hornets’ nest of opposition instead.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Upset reporters erupted in protest and are speaking out after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pulled the plug early on a daily briefing before others had a chance to ask questions.

The press briefing lasted 40 minutes and the time was used up by only three reporters in the first two rows asking multiple questions and follow-ups.

Associated Press reporter Josh Boak signaled to Psaki that time was up. “Thanks, Jen,” Boak shouted out as a reporter asked Psaki a question about whether the US intended to get oil from Venezuela.

White House reporter Steven Nelson and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times confronted Boak over the situation.

“You know, you don’t have to call the briefing over,” Nelson protested. “We have questions back here,” Nelson said from the fourth row.

“Let her call the briefing if it’s 40 minutes in,” he added.

“There are five rows back here and none of us got to ask a question,” said Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett.

“Why did you call it?” asked Sweet. “Why did you do it?”

“Can we have an explanation?” Nelson followed up.

“Look, if you want to yell at me, I’m in the [AP] booth. You can do that there,” Boak answered.

Here’s what happened next via NY Post:

At that point, Steve Portnoy of CBS News Radio, president of the White House Correspondents Association, stepped up to try to calm things down.

As Portnoy explained, it’s traditional for the senior wire reporter at the briefing to “end it when we feel we’ve had enough.”

“Clearly, we have felt that we have not had enough,” he went on. “So there might be appropriate — an opportunity for we as a press corps to collectively decide when we’ve had enough, and to send that signal on our behalf to the AP man or woman so that he or she can signal to the secretary that we have had enough,” he said.

“I think it’s appropriate for us collectively as a unit, as a press corps, to reach that accommodation,” Portnoy said.

Although President Biden had no public events on his schedule, some reporters wanted the briefing to end in time for them to watch an afternoon event with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

Boak said he had “discussions” with people, whom he didn’t identify, who told him they “needed an out at 3:30 and I obliged them.” That led to more outrage, with journalists noting that Boak had indulged himself by asking Psaki three questions.

“If you knew you had an out, then why don’t you guys limit yourself to one topic?” Halkett of Al Jazeera said from her seat in the sixth row.

“You don’t think we all have assignments? We don’t have editors? We don’t have deadlines?” she asked.

From the fifth row, Sweet chimed in: “Right, if you agree on the out, why don’t you organize yourself on how you conduct yourself during the briefing?”

Sweet added that Psaki or her deputy Karine Jean-Pierre is capable of ending the briefing on their own and that the tradition of the AP calling the briefing should end.

“I understand all the traditions that we have,” said Sweet, who has been covering the White House since the early 1990s. “Maybe it’s time to end the tradition. And Jen and her colleagues are fully capable of saying, ‘I’ve got to go now.’ And let’s just end it. No one deserves to have to feel that responsibility.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Joe Biden has cut off the imports of Russian energy and, as gas prices have been rising for around a year, they are expected to climb more.

In his speech announcing the ban on Russian energy imports he also appeared to blame the rise in gas prices on the Russia and Ukraine war,  as he did later when confronted by a reporter.

“Do you have a message for the American people on gas prices?” a reporter said to Biden as he was walking.

“They’re going to go up,” the president said.

“What can you do about it?” the reporter pressed.

“Can’t do much right now. Russia’s responsible,” the president responded.

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz shredded him for it, saying that the president is lying about the reasons for the rising gas prices.

“This is a flat-out lie. Gas prices have increased 48% under Biden—BEFORE RUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE. Biden did that. That’s bc Biden: – killed Keystone pipeline. – froze federal leases. – shut down ANWR All, while Biden waived sanctions on Putin’s pipeline,” the Texas senator said.

NBC News reported this week that the administration had made a decision to blame Russia for the gas prices.

When President Joe Biden called the rising cost of gas in the U.S. “Putin’s price hike” Tuesday — laying the blame for pain at the pump squarely on Russian President Vladimir Putin — it wasn’t a casual aside. And his warning to oil and gas companies against price gouging was no ad lib.

His comments while announcing a U.S. ban on Russian oil imports in response to Putin’s assault on Ukraine — which he repeated hours later as he arrived for a veterans event in to Fort Worth, Texas — were part of a deliberate shift by the White House in the president’s messaging strategy about gas prices ahead of the midterm elections, people familiar with the internal deliberations said.

“When Joe Biden came in the very first week in office, he shut down the Keystone Pipeline; he destroyed 11,000 high paying jobs, including 8,000 union jobs. He immediately froze new leases both on federal land on shore and on federal land off-shore. That’s had a dramatic effect; we’re seeing the prices skyrocketing at the pump,” the senator said on CNBC on Tuesday.

“It really is striking; in 2019 the United States became a net energy exporter,” he said. “We are an oil and gas superpower. And yet under Joe Biden, last year for the first time since then, America stopped being a net energy exporter as our production went down, and the result of Biden’s presidency has been that the enemies of America, countries like Russia, like Iran, like Venezuela, are all getting stronger, getting richer, getting more aggressive; getting more hostile because the president is simultaneously weakening our own ability to produce energy and strengthening their ability to produce energy. I gotta say: It’s backward on both fronts.”

“It’s important to understand that the rhetoric of the far Left, they don’t actually believe it,” the senator argued. “It’s not actually about the environment. If the only thing you cared about was the environment, let’s say you didn’t care at all about jobs; you didn’t care about inflation; you didn’t care about gas prices at the pump skyrocketing; you just cared about the environment; on that metric, the Biden administration is a disaster. Why? When you shut down the Keystone Pipeline, it’s not like the Canadians just leave that gas in the tar sands; instead, they put it on trucks and trains and they ship it south or they put it on ships and they ship it west to China. Both pollute more, produce mor CO2.  When you shut down production in the United States it’s not like the rest of the world suddenly ceases driving cars or flying jet airplanes; what happens instead is producers like Russia, producers like the Middle east produce more, and all of that production is dirtier; it pollutes more; and it’s more carbon emissions, more CO2.”

“So the effect of Joe Biden, the effect of the Greens in Germany has been more pollution and more CO2 emitted to the environment. Their rhetoric is not what they’re trying to do; what they’re really trying to do, it’s an irrational, emotional response. The Biden administration wants to destroy U.S. energy production,” he said.

“And I gotta say this past week has illustrated it powerfully; you’ve seen the Biden administration travel to Venezuela, go to Nicolas Maduro, a vicious dictator, an illegitimate government, someone who murders his own citizens, and beg them to produce oil. You’ve seen the Biden administration this week in Vienna with Iran trying to have the Ayatollah Khomeini produce more oil. And it is bizarre that this administration wants enemies of America like Russia and Iran and Venezuela to produce oil and at the same time to destroy jobs here in America,” he said.

Nat Malkus of AEI knows a setup when sees one. Such was the CDC’s timing of its mask announcement and the Biden SOTU.

Friday before last, the CDC released new guidance that drastically reduced indoor masking recommendations. Prior guidance recommended more than 90 percent of Americans and 100 percent of public school students mask indoors. Under the new guidance, the CDC recommends just 29 percent of Americans and just 31 percent of public school students do so.

The question to ask is not why the CDC made this dramatic change. It’s, why now? The answer seems clear—the CDC bent to political pressure from the Biden administration.

Since the Omicron peak, opinion pages have increasingly challenged the CDC’s overly restrictive recommendations. State after state ended their own mandates as COVID cases subsided and as the public’s trust—and practices—grew increasingly out of step with CDC guidance.

That Friday, only seven states maintained mask mandates, while over half of public school students attended mask optional schools. If the CDC was confident that 70 percent of the public need not wear masks, why did it wait so much longer than states did to announce this? And why in a late Friday news dump? If school specific masking requirements were unnecessary, why keep blanket school recommendations for so long?

The reason it happened on that Friday is clear. The announcement paved the way for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. Under the new guidance, President Biden was able to enter the House chamber unmasked and trumpet that “Under these new guidelines, most Americans in most of the country can now be mask free… COVID-19 need no longer control our lives.” Regarding schools, Biden shrugged off indifference evident one week prior to say, “Most Americans can remove their masks and stay in the classroom, and move forward safely.”

This timing seems more than just convenient. In mid-February, NBC reported, senior White House officials asked CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to update the mask guidance prior to the State of the Union. NBC noted, “The White House has been eager for the CDC to provide an update on its indoor mask recommendation, although it wants the agency to get it right, and it doesn’t want to appear as though it is putting political pressure on the agency.”

On this count, the administration failed spectacularly. CDC’s timing appears to be motivated by political expediency and little else. After all, no new scientific breakthroughs or studies spurred this change. And while the new guidance does use better data—adding county COVID-19 hospitalizations and hospital bed occupancy data to the COVID-19 case rate data—that data has been available for months. The only “pressure on the agency” that explains the timing of Friday’s announcement is political pressure.

Potential interference from the administration is a profound concern. It undermines the already fragile trust the public has in the CDC as an independent scientific agency. The CDC’s failure to act before now also points to significant failings within it, raising another question: How much longer might the CDC have waited if not for pressure from the State of the Union?

(RepublicanWire.org) – The White House on Sunday rejected the argument that increasing domestic oil production would help lower gas prices, as the cost of oil moves toward record highs.

Crude oil prices rose as high as $130.50 a barrel on Sunday evening.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki released a set of talking points on social media, arguing against a focus on boosting oil production in the United States.

“It’s a reminder that real energy security comes from reducing our dependence on fossil fuels,” Psaki wrote, noting that Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine was causing a spike in oil prices.

Psaki pushed back against Republicans calling for more domestic oil production.

She argued that domestic oil production was up after the coronavirus pandemic but that the United States was still vulnerable to global oil markets.

“[D]omestic production has not insulated us from the price volatility of fossil fuels or the whims of those who control them, such as President Putin,” she said. “Americans know that.”

President Joe Biden’s administration is exploring diplomatic shifts with oil producing countries including Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Iran, as Russia’s latest Ukrainian offensive has disrupted oil markets.

But Psaki argued the only way to truly be free from high gas prices was to stop using oil.

“The only way to protect US over the long term is to become energy independent,” she wrote, pointing to Biden’s efforts on subsidizing wind and solar energy.

The Biden administration continues to struggle to explain the president’s decision to end the Keystone XL pipeline project, his effort to shut down drilling permitting on federal land, and his decision to suspend drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In his State of the Union speech, Biden acknowledged that gas prices were rising, but offered subsidies for an electric cars as a solution.

He called for Congress to help him “lower the price of electric vehicles, saving you another $80 a month because you’ll never have to pay at the gas pump again.”

Biden also said he would continue releasing oil from America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, even though it failed to significantly affect gas prices.

“I know the news about what’s happening can seem alarming,” he said. “But I want you to know that we are going to be okay.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – The media loves ridiculous stories about former President Donald Trump and the more tabloid they are the more they cannot resist.

But the 45th President of the United States is hitting back at the newest rumor, that he clogged White House toilets in an attempt to get rid of documents, The Daily Mail reported.

“Following collaborative and respectful discussions, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) openly and willingly arranged with President Trump for the transport of boxes that contained letters, records, newspapers, magazines, and various articles. Some of this information will someday be displayed in the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library for the public to view my Administration’s incredible accomplishments for the American People,” he said in an email from his Save America PAC.

“The media’s characterization of my relationship with NARA is Fake News. It was exactly the opposite! It was a great honor to work with NARA to help formally preserve the Trump Legacy.

“The papers were given easily and without conflict and on a very friendly basis, which is different from the accounts being drawn up by the Fake News Media. In fact, it was viewed as routine and “no big deal.” In actuality, I have been told I was under no obligation to give this material based on various legal rulings that have been made over the years. Crooked Hillary Clinton, as an example, deleted and acid washed 32,000 emails and never gave that to the government. Then, they took large amounts of furniture out of the White House. And Bill Clinton kept numerous audio recordings that the archives wanted, but were unsuccessful at getting after going to court. We won’t even mention what is going on with the White House in the current, or various past administrations,” he said before addressing the story.

“Also, another fake story, that I flushed papers and documents down a White House toilet, is categorically untrue and simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book. The Democrats are just using this and the Unselect Committee of political hacks as a camoflauge for how horribly our Country is doing under the Biden Administration,” he said.

“In the United States there has unfortunately become two legal standards, one for Republicans and one for Democrats. It should not be that way!” he said.

New York Times writer Maggie Haberman made the allegations in her forthcoming book, “Confidence Man,” Axios reported.

“While President Trump was in office, staff in the White House residence periodically discovered wads of printed paper clogging a toilet — and believed the president had flushed pieces of paper,” Axios said.

“The engineer would have to come and fix it and what the engineer would find would be … wads of clumped-up printed wet paper,” the reporter said when she appeared on the CNN show “New Day” on Thursday.

Host Brianna Keilar said that, since Trump had “the ability to declassify information,” what Haberman said in her book would be evidence of obscuring documents, or as she said, “so clearly this is trying to hide information.”

Haberman interrupted the host and said, “Brianna, I don’t want to say clearly. I don’t know what his motive is.”

The author also claimed that the former president still maintains a relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

“It is not unusual to maintain some kind of contact with other foreign leaders, former foreign leaders,” she said. “This would be unusual because this is the only one, to my knowledge, that he is staying he is still in touch with. As we know, he had a fixation on this relationship.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – As the Biden administration continues to garner low approval ratings amid frequent setbacks to its legislative agenda, President Biden is being pressured to shake things up among his staff.

It increasingly appears that Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff, may end up losing his job as the president’s top adviser.

Critics say that Klain has pushed the administration leftward on a number of crucial policy issues, resulting in a seemingly perpetual series of blunders.

Notably, Klain’s own Twitter was cited in the 6-3 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Biden administration’s private-sector vaccine mandate.

Klain retweeted a statement that celebrated the OSHA vaccine mandate as “the ultimate work-around” for the federal government to require large-scale vaccination.

Klain is also believed to be the person responsible for leaking news of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement.

Democratic leaders in Congress appear to be growing increasingly frustrated with Klain.

According to the Daily Mail, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Klain’s relationship grew tense due to his role in negotiating the Build Back Better legislative package and the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Additionally, it appears that Klain is responsible for souring West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s relationship with the White House. The Washington Post reports that Klain had a key role in drafting the White House’s response to Senator Manchin’s opposition to Build Back Better.

Sen. Manchin has told his allies that he blames Klain for pushing President Biden further to the left on policy. Manchin made clear that Klain damaged the senator’s relationship with President Biden.

An unnamed federal lawmaker criticized Klain for his relationship with the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.). The Daily Mail reports that this lawmaker accused Klain of creating “a monster” and that he has given the appearance that Rep. Jayapal holds considerable influence over the White House’s legislative agenda.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in early February on 1,005 Americans left President Biden with his lowest approval rating yet: 41% of respondents said they approved of President Biden, while 56% disapproved.

Considering that Republicans have an 85% chance of retaking the House of Representatives and a 73% chance of retaking the Senate in the 2022 midterm elections, it appears that the Biden administration will be unable to advance its legislative agenda – which may be why Klain hinted that his time as chief of staff could end in 2022.

If Republicans retake both chambers of Congress, it is likely that Klain will have an even worse time negotiating policy.

Republican members of Congress are even calling for President Biden to fire him.