While House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed on Monday that President Joe Biden has not participated in conference calls with state governors about COVID-19.
RealClearPolitics first reported that Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris had participated in the weekly calls. The practice stands in stark contrast to former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.
The news also contrasts the president’s commitment to stay closely involved with the nation’s leader to recover from the pandemic.
In November, then President-elect Biden said, ““I want you to know that I will be your partner in the White House,” according to PBS.
Harris made similar statements at the time. ““I understand the critical role our governors play, and they will have partners in the White House starting on January 20th,” Harris said.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu told RealClearPolitics: “Every Tuesday, usually at 11 a.m. EST, all 50 governors dial in to the same conference call to coordinate federal and state responses to the coronavirus crisis. And until this past January, they heard each time from the vice president.”
Sununu added, “Mike Pence, as head of the White House COVID task force, led those weekly discussions. Donald Trump dropped by from time to time. The calls continue under the current administration but without Biden.”
The governor added the change has not pleased those involved. “It’s been a real frustration, I think it’s safe to say, for all 50 governors.”