As concerns about President Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities continue to grow, it has become obvious to most that a second term in the White House is likely not in the cards for the 78-year-old commander in chief.
Taking those assumptions a step further, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) posited this weekend that the replacement of Joe Biden with Vice President Kamala Harris has already begun, just weeks after Inauguration Day, as Breitbart reported.
During an appearance on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, Gaetz and host Maria Bartiromo speculated about what is really going on in the White House and precisely who is calling the shots on major policy issues.
Gaetz expressed particular alarm in the realm of foreign relations, recounting the fact that Harris has already been tasked with speaking directly to foreign leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without Biden’s participation.
These developments also drew the curiosity of Bartiromo, who asked, “Kamala Harris meeting with international leaders…what is going on? Are we getting ready for some kind of transition?”
The Florida lawmaker took things a step further, saying, “You have to wonder whether or not the transition to Harris has already begun.”
Gaetz and Bartiromo are not alone in their suspicions that Biden may not be long for the Oval Office. Last summer, as the presidential campaign was heating up, a Rasmussen Reports survey indicated that 59% of likely voters thought it “likely” that Biden would not complete a four-year term and that his running mate would ultimately assume power.
Adding fuel to the fire of doubt concerning Joe Biden’s longevity in his current post is the prominent roles undertaken by Jill Biden in matters not typically the province of presidential spouses. This includes the emergence last week of news that the first lady has been tapped to be the public face of the administration’s migrant family reunification work amid a deepening crisis at the southern border caused by an influx of undocumented youth.
In his characteristically blunt manner, Gaetz asserted that “Joe Biden’s had more nap time than he’s had questions from reporters,” and the media’s apparent lack of curiosity about who is truly pulling the levers of power at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is, sadly, all too predictable.