Vice President Kamala Harris’s ambitious niece continues to present an ethics crisis to the White House that aides say “needs to change.”
Meena Harris, a social media influencer that has capitalized on her famous aunt’s influence for years, has been reprimanded for using Harris’s likeness and name to sell merchandise after Harris entered the White House more than once.
An anonymous White House source told the LA Times this week that “some things can’t be undone … That being said: Behavior needs to change.” According to Fox News:
Harris is a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur who boasts more than 800,000 followers on Instagram, where her posts range from political to personal.
She is the author children’s books, including one titled “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea,” and she is the founder of a women’s charitable clothing brand called “Phenomenal.”
Her latest book, “Ambitious Girl,” was released the night before her aunt was sworn in as the first female vice president and woman of color in the White House.
The niece has also appeared on The View and the Today show, and was profiled this year in Vanity Fair and by The New York Times.
Meena Harris shows no signs of slowing down, however, continuing to promote her brand using the elder Harris even after White House lawyers instructed her to step back.
Fox reported that “even after federal lawyers briefed Meena on the new rules she must follow, she still flew on a private plane to the inauguration with a Biden donor and shared the trip on Instagram … Her online store also continues to tell sweatshirts printed with the viral quote “I’m speaking” — words spoken by her aunt during a debate with then-Vice-President Mike Pence.”
The younger Harris fired back at the White House in a statement declaring that “Since the beginning of the campaign, I have insisted on upholding all legal and ethical standards and will continue to strictly adhere to the ethics rules of the Biden/Harris White House.”
VP Harris herself has remained silent on the issue, though she also appears to not be willing to reign in her entrepreneurial-minded niece either.