‘That’s his intention’: Psaki weighs in on Biden’s plans to seek re-election

President Joe Biden has faced widespread speculation that he is experiencing age-related cognitive decline and likely would not seek a second term in office.

Nevertheless, White House press secretary Jen Psaki weighed in on the speculation this week by telling reporters that it was Biden’s “intention” to run for re-election in 2024.

Rumors of behind-the-scenes discord

As reported by the Washington Examiner, Psaki also sought to dismiss rumors of tension between Biden’s team and Vice President Kamala Harris.

During a press event on Monday, a reporter referenced the recent report that Biden had been privately telling allies and donors that he would run for a second term.

“He is,” Psaki said. “That’s his intention.”

According to the Washington Post, Biden and some of his closest aides had been reaching out to reassure key donors and supporters that he intended to pursue another term in the White House.

Such reassurances were apparently necessary in response to the president’s falling approval rating, which has been impacted by various issues including inflationary prices on goods and services across the nation’s economy.

“The vice president is the first in the room”

Some audiences reportedly viewed Biden’s declaration with skepticism, particularly since he is already the nation’s oldest president. Such skeptics generally believe the president’s move is intended to shore up support and freeze out any fledgling Democratic candidacies — including the vice president.

Harris is struggling in the polls, too, with an approval rating even lower than the president. There has been increasing speculation in recent weeks that the two camps have been at odds with Harris reportedly suggesting that she is being stripped of her influence within the administration.

Psaki seemed to address these rumors in response to a question about Biden’s decision to nominate Jerome Powell to another term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. As a U.S. senator, Harris voted against Powell’s confirmation when he was first nominated by former President Donald Trump in 2018.

“Look, the vice president is the first in the room, the last in the room, and somebody that the president sees as a partner, and somebody he consults with and seeks the advice and counsel of on nearly every decision he makes,” Psaki said. “So, certainly, she was consulted and this decision was discussed with her.”

The White House press secretary went on to note that Powell “has served in this position for four years during a particularly tumultuous and difficult time in the United States.”

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