The question on everyone’s mind in Washington, D.C. these days is, “Who speaks for Joe Biden?” According to reports from inside the White House, there is an ongoing power struggle between White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and John Kirby, who heads up communications for the National Security Council.
Despite frequently sharing the podium, the relationship between these two individuals is said to be fraught with tension. While Kirby has taken on a more prominent role in the ongoing Hamas-Israel conflict, Jean-Pierre is reportedly not a fan of him encroaching on her territory.
Kirby, a Biden favorite, has been praised for his ability to handle tough questions from the press, making him a more effective spokesperson. Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre’s lack of experience and numerous mistakes have earned her a reputation as one of Biden’s worst hires. The fact that she was promoted despite her lack of experience only further highlights the potential for discord between the two.
They’re both liars, he just does it better.
Uh-Oh: Internal Battle Breaks Out Between Karine Jean-Pierre and John Kirby https://t.co/qLuuHaLXqq
— R T (@RDog861) January 5, 2024
According to reports, Jean-Pierre’s defenders argue that the arrangement with Kirby from the beginning made her job more difficult and undermined her credibility. However, others have pointed out that her lack of experience in handling tough press briefings may be a reason for her frustration.
In recent weeks, Jean-Pierre has come under fire for her handling of the situation in Israel, with many questioning her ability to properly represent the administration’s stance. This further adds to the speculation that she may be feeling threatened by Kirby’s more assertive role in handling the press.
When Kirby does the briefing the diversity hire gets jealous and still decides which reporters are allowed to ask questions.
— JohnGalt 🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@JohnJGaltrules) January 5, 2024
Some have speculated that this infighting may only worsen as Biden’s approval ratings continue to slip and the 2022 midterms draw closer. The clash between the more moderate, old-guard Washington represented by Kirby and the far-left elements that largely staffs Biden’s White House is likely to intensify as the administration struggles to find a coherent message.
In the end, it is the American people who will suffer if this internal power struggle continues to impede the administration’s ability to effectively communicate and govern. As the leader of the free world, Biden must have a strong and cohesive team representing him. However, with reports of infighting and tension among top officials, it is clear that this is not the case.