All eyes are currently on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians right now. It has been one of the biggest news stories of recent weeks.
Biden has reportedly been in contact with Israel, but Kamala Harris apparently handled a related call with the King of Jordan.
This is not supposed to happen. The vice president is not supposed to handle contacts with heads of state.
And this is not the first time this has happened, it’s part of a pattern now.
The New York Post reports:
Kamala Harris, not Biden, called king of Jordan to discuss Gaza ceasefire
Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday spoke to Jordanian King Abdullah II on behalf of President Biden to brief him on US efforts to support a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Biden has not spoken with the Arab nation’s leader since Hamas began firing rockets last week from Gaza into Israel following clashes in Jerusalem.
“I spoke with Jordan King Abdullah II to reaffirm our support and express our commitment to continued close cooperation,” Harris wrote on Twitter.
“I briefed him on our intensive diplomatic efforts to support the path to a ceasefire in Gaza. The U.S. and Jordan will continue working to deescalate tensions.”
A White House readout said Harris and Abdullah “discussed the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank.”
It’s unclear why Harris placed the call rather than Biden, who has spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at least four times, including on Wednesday to press Israel to immediately begin “significant de-escalation.”
Imagine how this came off to the King of Jordan.
The real story is Kamala Harris, & not the king's counterpart, calling him about this.
Jordan is a major player in this dispute. Abdullah II may interpret this as a downgrading of relations. Or he knows Biden is not capable. Either way, not a good signal. https://t.co/SbTbXVCBOC
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) May 20, 2021
Why is Kamala doing Joe’s work for him?