President Joe Biden has skipped every conference call with the 50 state governors on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Vice President Kamala Harris has been absent a record, only appearing on one of the calls that take place every Tuesday. “That was for about five minutes and she didn’t take any questions,” Nebraska GOP Governor Pete Ricketts told RealClearPolitics (RCP).
Biden and Harris’ absence and lack of communication have frustrated governors who have been blindsided by some pronouncements coming out of the administration.
“It’s been a real frustration, I think it’s safe to say, for all 50 governors,” New Hampshire GOP Governor Chris Sununu told RCP about Biden’s failure to talk to state leaders. “It would go a long way if the president would just get on the phone, or the vice president would get on the phone and take questions. Allow us to ask the folks in charge questions.”
Instead, governors hear from the administration’s medical experts, such as White House chief medical