'The apprentice' Kamala Harris carves out growing diplomatic role under Biden

'The apprentice' Kamala Harris carves out growing diplomatic role under Biden


As vice president, President Biden came to the role with a deep well of experience, particularly on foreign policy.

Under Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris’s role is “more an apprentice position” than a Biden or Walter Mondale-like consigliere, according to Jack Lechelt, author of The Vice Presidency in Foreign Policy: From Mondale to Cheney.

There are signs, however, that Harris is carving out her own growing diplomatic role.

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Harris’s early one-on-one with Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron of France, a traditional and significant ally, suggests that she’ll play an important role, said Joel Goldstein, author of The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden. “The relationship with France goes back to the Revolutionary War. And it’s a country that is obviously a key member of NATO and a key European ally.”

“They are not having her start off with a relatively insignificant country.”

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