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Vice President Kamala Harris is being increasingly alienated in the White House as her approval ratings plummet xe2x80x94 as the first female veep feels shexe2x80x99s not getting the same support President Biden gives to white male politicians, according to a detailed new report.

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Despite their public show of unity, Biden and his right-hand woman have a dysfunctional relationship that has reached an xe2x80x9cexhausted stalemate,xe2x80x9d CNN said based on interviews with nearly three dozen insiders.

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At a time when the president would usually be expected to promote his vice president as a future replacement in the White House, Biden has instead been sidelining Harris as a potential liability, the report said.

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She is increasingly being pushed aside into inconsequential jobs and left out of key meetings as her poll numbers sink even lower than the presidentxe2x80x99s and the Democratic base appears to be giving up on her, the report said.

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Her alienation is so clear, her defenders told CNN they have even passed around an Onion story headlined, xe2x80x9cWhite House Urges Kamala Harris To Sit At Computer All Day In Case Emails Come Through.xe2x80x9d

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Harris xe2x80x94 the first woman as well as first woman of color as vice president xe2x80x94 is also becoming more and more frustrated at the lack of support she gets from the White House during her numerous PR nightmares, the insiders said.

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That became abundantly clear when the White House sprang to publicly defend the paternity leave taken by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, a potential challenger to Harris for the next Democratic presidential nomination, the insiders told CNN.

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xe2x80x9cItxe2x80x99s hard to miss the specific energy that the White House brings to defend a White man, knowing that Kamala Harris has spent almost a year taking a lot of the hits that the West Wing didnxe2x80x99t want to take themselves,xe2x80x9d a former Harris aide told the outlet.

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However, White House insiders insisted that the vice president has brought the alienation upon herself because of a series of bungles and self-made problems that Biden wants nothing to do with.

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The administration has been particularly bothered by her doomed handling of the border crisis xe2x80x94 including her cackling response when asked about it xe2x80x94 which is still ongoing, the insiders said.

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Fernando Garcxc3xada, executive director of Border Network for Human Rights, told CNN that he was optimistic Harris would take action, but she instead just xe2x80x9cdisappeared.xe2x80x9d

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xe2x80x9cWe havenxe2x80x99t heard any substantive messaging push for better immigration policies,xe2x80x9d he told CNN. xe2x80x9cWe havenxe2x80x99t seen her leadership.xe2x80x9d

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Eleni Kounalakis, the lieutenant governor of California and a longtime friend of Harris, confirmed there is irritation.

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xe2x80x9cIt is natural that those of us who know her know how much more helpful she can be than she is currently being asked to be,xe2x80x9d Kounalakis told CNN. xe2x80x9cThatxe2x80x99s where the frustration is coming from.xe2x80x9d

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Harrisxe2x80x99 chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, denied being one of those taking sides against her boss.

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xe2x80x9cIf someone is accusing me of being loyal to Joe Biden, Ixe2x80x99ll take that. If someone is accusing me of being disloyal to Kamala Harris, I wonxe2x80x99t take that,xe2x80x9d Flournoy told CNN. xe2x80x9cShe doesnxe2x80x99t believe there is a conflict between being loyal to her and being loyal to Joe Biden.xe2x80x9d

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Harrisxe2x80x99 spokeswoman Symone Sanders dismissed the insidersxe2x80x99 griping to the notoriously left-leaning outlet.

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xe2x80x9cIt is unfortunate that after a productive trip to France in which we reaffirmed our relationship with Americaxe2x80x99s oldest ally and demonstrated US leadership on the world stage, and following passage of a historic, bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create jobs and strengthen our communities, some in the media are focused on gossip xe2x80x94 not on the results that the President and the Vice President have delivered,xe2x80x9d Sanders said.

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