Pete Buttigieg Quashes Rumors Of Clashes With Vice President Kamala Harris
United States Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg doused rumors that he and Vice President Kamala Harris are engaged in a personal cold war over who would carry President Joe Biden‘s torch on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press on MSNBC.
“Every time something’s written about the vice president – Vice President Kamala Harris‘s political standing – your name seems to be in every single one of those articles. Has it all impacted your relationship with the vice president, that it seems as if there’s this narrative of a rivalry developing between the two of you?” host Chuck Todd asked the secretary.
“No, because she and I are part of a team that is disciplined and doesn’t focus on what’s obsessing the commentators,” said Buttigieg.
“We’re too busy with a job to do. She as a leader in this administration, with her leadership role, and I, and the President, and everybody else in the Cabinet and across the administration, are laser-focused on getting the job done. That would be demanding in any administration,” Buttigieg continued. “But in one like this where we have been assigned by the president to take on – literally – projects and legislation of generational significance, there’s no room to get caught up in the parlor games, and I’m proud to be part of the Biden-Harris team.”
WATCH: Sec. Buttigieg says his relationship with VP Kamala Harris isn’t affected by reports of rivalry: “She and I are part of a team that is disciplined.”@SecretaryPete: “There’s no room to get caught up in the parlor games and I’m proud to be part of the Biden-Harris team.” pic.twitter.com/I8iyyclXCt
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 21, 2021
Buttigieg also alluded to the passage of Biden’s Build Back Better initiative in the House of Representatives last week as an example of cohesion within the West Wing.
“What it amounts to, even as details get resolved and negotiations continue, is a historic investment in making it easier and more affordable to be a family with kids in this country. It will go down in history, this turning point that we’re about to create things to build back better,” said Buttigieg.