As Kamala Harris navigates her role as vice president, she’s apparently decided to seek counsel from former first lady and Obama-era Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a new report.
The New York Times reported Thursday that Harris is turning to Clinton as the vice president deals with a slew of controversies and criticism.
“Faced with declining approval ratings, a series of staff departures and a drumbeat of criticism from Republicans and the conservative news media, she has turned to powerful confidantes, including Hillary Clinton, to help plot a path forward,” the outlet said.
According to the Times, Clinton — who served as first lady during former President Bill Clinton’s presidency from 1993 to 2001, then sandwiched a stint as secretary of state between two failed White House bids of her own — is one of multiple women who Harris goes to for advice.
“Since arriving in Washington, Ms. Harris has sought the counsel of other women — including Mrs. Clinton, the first female Democratic presidential nominee — who have achieved historical political success to help her find a path,” the Times said.
Harris spoke with Clinton, as well as two other former secretaries of state, Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright, prior to an official trip to Vietnam and Singapore over the summer, the Times reported. The vice president has also spoken privately with Angela Merkel, the former chancellor of Germany and the first woman to serve in the role, the outlet added.
The Times reported that Harris speaks with Clinton via phone every few months, and that the former first lady visited Harris in the West Wing of the White House last month.
Clinton tried to blame Harris’ troubles on sexism.
“There is a double standard; it’s sadly alive and well,” Clinton told the Times. “A lot of what is being used to judge her, just like it was to judge me, or the women who ran in 2020, or everybody else, is really colored by that.”
Meanwhile, Harris appears to believe her biggest failure thus far as vice president has been not leaving Washington, D.C., more.
“What do you think, as you come to the end of this first year, what do you think your biggest failure has been at this point?” CBS “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked Harris in an interview that aired Sunday.
“To not get out of D.C. more,” Harris replied after laughing.
.@VP Harris admits that her biggest failure is not leaving DC more due to COVID: “My biggest concern is I don't ever want to be in a bubble when it comes to being aware of and in touch with what people need at any given moment.”
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 24, 2021
She later added: “And my biggest concern is, I don’t ever want to be in a bubble when it comes to being aware of and in touch with what people need at any given moment in time.”