Questions have been raised over “who’s really in charge” of America’s foreign policy decisions given President Joe Biden’s apparent lack of interest in personally handing much of his administration’s foreign policy responsibilities.
These questions come amid multiple reports that Vice President Kamala Harris has, for some inexplicable reason, been speaking directly with foreign leaders on his behalf. Politico claimed in a report Friday that part of Biden’s goal is for Harris to up her foreign policy bonafides so that she’s equipped to take over if he doesn’t run for reelection in 2024.
“The interest in her from outside is really about: Is she the future of the Democratic Party?” an anonymous Asian ambassador said to Politico.
Perhaps, though Fox News host Sean Hannity isn’t convinced of this narrative. In a monologue Friday on Fox News’ “Hannity,” he suggested that Harris’s newfound role is a result of Biden being “not up to the task” of handling it himself because “he’s struggling cognitively.”
(Source: Fox News)
“We know that he rarely appears in public, we know that he takes very few questions, we know he hasn’t even scheduled a joint session of Congress for the State of the Union address,” the Fox News host said.
Traditionally, the SOTU address is delivered during the last week of January or first week of February. Yet it’s almost March and the president has yet to even schedule it.
“This week he struggled mightily to read off a cheat sheet. It was frankly embarrassing and hard to watch, and we could all see with our own eyes that Joe is frail, he is weak and yes, he’s struggling cognitively,” Hannity continued.
“Even a few dozen Democrats now are trying to take away the nuclear codes from Joe Biden so it’s not in the hands of just him, one person. They never even tried that with Trump. And the vice president’s now holding one-on-one calls with other world leaders, so what’s really going on here, who’s in charge?” he then asked.
Hannity then played a video of “Biden’s blunders this week,” before bringing on Fox News host Pete Hegseth and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz to talk about this development. Both men expressed similar concerns to those raised by him.
Hegseth, for his part, wondered if perhaps America is lucky to have Harris in charge of foreign policy.
“Maybe we’re lucky, because Joe Biden hasn’t been right on a single foreign policy aspect over the last 40 years. So maybe outsourcing to Kamala Harris is a good idea? How much worse can you do?” he said.
“But in this particular case, so much of it has to do with the fact that he’s not capable. Why would you want him involved in those? And they’re grooming her as the left has from the very beginning for that particular position.”
Gaetz meanwhile echoed Hannity’s observations about Biden’s cognitive state.
“You got Democrats in Congress now talking about taking the nuclear authorities away from Joe Biden. You’ve got Kamala Harris taking these meetings with foreign leaders. You have to wonder, has the transition to Kamala Harris already begun?” he asked.
“And I mean, I’m watching those clips you just ran of Joe Biden. Joe Biden would score below average on the cognitive matrix at like a Florida retirement community. And somehow this guy is the one that’s supposed to be running the country? It really begs a lot of questions,” he added.
For the record, former President Donald Trump aced his cognitive test:
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 25, 2020
It’s challenging to tell what’s truly up because of the Biden administration’s questionable past remarks and because the president seems to have a history of making Freudian slips.
Take what he said during a speech in December while urging then-President Trump to take the coronavirus vaccine.
“I hope the president will clearly and unambiguously urge all Americans to take the vaccine once it’s available. I took it to instill public confidence in the vaccine. President elect Harris took hers today for the same reason. And when the president’s doctors recommend it President Trump should take it and it’s still the same degree of confidence,” he said.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 30, 2020
If only this was an anomaly …
During a virtual roundtable discussion in September, Harris referenced a future “Harris administration” versus a future Biden administration. Then only a few short days later, Biden went on to make the same slip.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) September 16, 2020
A month later, Biden introduced himself as Harris’ running mate during a campaign speech in Georgia.
“My name is Joe Biden, I’m Jill Biden’s husband, and I’m Kamala’s running mate. Y’all think I’m kidding, don’t you?” he said.
No actually, many people didn’t think he was kidding …
Biden won’t be in charge. He even said it, “My name is Joe Biden, I’m Jill Biden’s husband, and I’m Kamala’s running mate,” he told the cheering crowd at the drive-in rally. “Y’all think I’m kidding, don’t you?” https://t.co/VhxHyPLrUy
— JulesUSA (@JulesUSA6) November 6, 2020
None of this is to suggest that Biden isn’t really president right now. He most certainly is. It’s only to note that on certain issues, namely foreign policy as Hannity noted, he’s acting far more like a vice president than a president.