In the lead-up to the 2020 election, there were quite a few people who suggested that Vice President Kamala Harris would play an increased role in President Joe Biden’s time in the White House.
According to Fox News, it appears as if that’s already the case, as it was reported this week that Harris has been taking calls from various heads of state in place of the president, who would typically handle those duties.
The news broke after it was revealed that Harris took a return phone call from French President Emmanuel Macron — a call that Biden put in just a few days after his inauguration. Harris reportedly spoke with Macron about “the need for close bilateral and multilateral cooperation to address COVID-19, climate change, and support democracy at home and around the world.”
As the National Pulse reported, Harris also thanked the French president for his country’s contributions to NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, as well as his country’s support of and work toward gender equality.
Macron isn’t the first world leader to have a call fielded by the U.S. vice president. Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau spoke with Harris earlier this month — a phone call in which they discussed similar topics like climate change, diversity and COVID-19.
It’s still unclear why Harris, instead of the president, is taking these types of calls, but the situation has already been reported as “bizarre” and certainly lends credence to Biden’s insistence in 2020 that he was a “transition candidate.” That remark raised eyebrows at the time, especially as he was already under fire for a long list of gaffes and mental confusion on the campaign trail.
The call comes at a precarious time for Biden, who has been heavily criticized for not yet reaching out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — one of America’s greatest allies and especially so in the Middle East.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the call would be placed “soon,” but failed to provide an exact date. Hopefully, it’s Biden who makes the call and not the vice president.