Newsmax TV’s White House correspondent Emerald Robinson dropped a bombshell during a Friday segment on host Greg Kelly’s show, reporting that networks have altered how they are covering President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in anticipation of the latter being elevated to the Oval Office in the not-too-distant future.
For the past week, Robinson has appeared nightly on Kelly’s program to report on “different aspects of the White House” with a particular emphasis on “who’s running it” based on a comparison of Biden’s “relatively light schedule on most days” versus Harris’s “increased role,” in addition to “other former Obama administration players who are now part of” the current administration, Robinson reported.
The Newsmax TV correspondent then noted that, earlier in the day during briefing, she told White House press secretary Jen Psaki that several outlets – including some on the left like The Hill and The New York Times – were asking “is this [former President Barack] Obama’s third term.”
“She deflected on that,” Robinson said. “She asked who was saying that but didn’t give an answer.”
Moving on, Robinson then said she asked Psaki to respond to questions about Harris’ increased role in the administration, such as taking calls with heads of state and other “unprecedented moves” as she played a clip of the exchange.
“It’s hard to react when I don’t know what people you’re talking about,” Psaki replied, citing one example where Biden met with a key ally and “even shared a meal.” Psaki went on to say that Biden has had “dozens of calls with world leaders” but that “it should be no surprise that the vice president is also playing an important role and engaging with and having discussions with foreign leaders.”
Summing up the exchange to Kelly, Robinson pointed out Psaki’s deflection — “she can’t react if she doesn’t know exactly who’s saying that” — while going to note that a “simple Google or Twitter search” would provide examples.
But it was what Robinson said next that is remarkable.
“My colleagues at the White House, many of them the senior-level…senior correspondents at other outlets have deferred to their less-senior colleagues and allowing them to cover President Joe Biden and they are, instead, put[ting] more focus on Vice President Kamala Harris,” she said.
“As one senior-level White House correspondent at a major outlet said to me, she said, quote, unquote, ‘It’s only a matter of time,'” Robinson added.
The Newsmax TV correspondent’s report is likely to fuel further speculation that Biden may not serve out his term after he has been visibly struggling in recent appearances to enunciate clearly and to recall facts and details, and is reportedly being guarded by White House staff.
To that point, the administration itself has added to the theory.
In latter March, the White House sent out a bizarre memo to all federal agencies instructing them to use the term “Biden-Harris Administration” in all official communications.
“Please be sure to reference the current administration as the ‘Biden-Harris Administration’ in official public communications,” said the email, with “Biden-Harris Administration” in bold letters.
Shortly thereafter, an official tweet from the White House regarding COVID vaccinations utilized the new term: “Big news: The Biden-Harris Administration set a new record this weekend with 6 million shots reported administered. We’re ramping up vaccination efforts every day to get America vaccinated quickly and equitably.”
The unprecedented change came after media outlets and political observers had already begun to notice Harris’s outsized role in terms of handling interactions with allies and foreign leaders.
Even the Washington Post described these conversations as “an unusually large number for a new vice president” after Harris spoke one-on-one with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emanuel Macron, and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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