Joe Biden's relationship with Kamala Harris is in crisis, with her staff furious that she is being 'sidelined,' while the president's team are increasingly frustrated by how she is playing with American public.

Harris' approval rating has plunged even further than Biden's in recent months, with rumors swirling that the president is considering appointing her to the Supreme Court as a backdoor method of selecting a new VP.

She and her top aides are meanwhile frustrated with Biden for handing her 'no-win' issues like the border crisis, White House insiders told CNN.

They cited how the president defended 'white man' Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary, more vigorously than her.

At the same time, Biden's staff are privately disappointed with Harris over self-inflicted controversies, like her 'awkward' laughter when asked about visiting the border by NBC's Lester Holt.

They blame her failure on the border crisis for sliding poll numbers. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Biden at 53 percent disapproval and 41 percent approval – down 11 points from April. 

Publicly, the White House insists the relationship between Biden and Harris remains harmonious and productive.  

Vice President Kamala Harris' increasing frustration and tension with President Joe Biden's inner circle has been laid bare in a new report

Vice President Kamala Harris' increasing frustration and tension with President Joe Biden's inner circle has been laid bare in a new report

Joe Biden's approval rating continues to dive in the midst of economic crises, dipping to 41%. The president disembarks Marine One at For McNair after returning from Camp David to Washington on Sunday

Joe Biden's approval rating continues to dive in the midst of economic crises, dipping to 41%. The president disembarks Marine One at For McNair after returning from Camp David to Washington on Sunday

Biden, talks to Colonel David D. Bowling, after disembarking from Marine One at Fort McNair upon returning from Camp David to the White House on Sunday

Biden, talks to Colonel David D. Bowling, after disembarking from Marine One at Fort McNair upon returning from Camp David to the White House on Sunday

Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff prepare to board Air Force Two on their way back from Paris on Saturday

Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff prepare to board Air Force Two on their way back from Paris on Saturday

A new poll shows an 11 point drop in Biden's approval since April

A new poll shows an 11 point drop in Biden's approval since April


On Sunday night, White House Press Secretary Jenn Psaki appeared to respond to the CNN report with a furious tweet insisting that Harris is a 'vital partner' and 'a bold leader who has taken on key, important challenges facing the country - from voting rights to addressing root causes of migration to expanding broadband.'

But privately, Harris aides gripe that she's been set up to fail, and handed a portfolio that is not commensurate with her historic status as the first woman, and first woman of color, to hold the vice president's office. 

'They're consistently sending her out there on losing issues in the wrong situations for her skill set,' a former high-level Harris aide told CNN.

Typically, the incumbent vice president is considered an automatic lock for the party's next open-field presidential primary.  

For Democrats, it's not clear whether that day will come in 2024, if Biden decides not to seek re-election at age 80, or 2028, if he runs again as he has vowed both publicly and privately.

But there is growing chatter in Democratic circles that Biden may decide not to run again and talk of a successor has become a focus in the media.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been thrust into the limelight by being handed control of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal. 

And this fall, Democratic senators Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren were all on the campaign trails of various candidates, helping to boost their profiles and remain relevant to the public.

Whatever Biden's decision, top Democrats are already eyeing Harris' poll numbers and assessing whether she is vulnerable to a primary challenge.

Some have even begun quietly laying the groundwork for their own campaigns. 

For Harris and her loyalists, it's a political do-or-die moment less than a year into her term, with top aides fearing that she'll pay the price for her loyalty to the president, and her willingness to take on what they view as thankless assignments. 

In response to the reports of mounting frustrations in Harris' inner circle, Harris spokeswoman Symone Sanders insisted that the talk amounted to pointless 'gossip'. 

'It is unfortunate that after a productive trip to France in which we reaffirmed our relationship with America's oldest ally and demonstrated U.S. leadership on the world stage, and following passage of a historic, bipartisan infrastructure bill that will create jobs and strengthen our communities, some in the media are focused on gossip - not on the results that the President and the Vice President have delivered,' Sanders told CNN. 

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