«Then who is the real President of this country, Joe Manchina or Joe Pitana, Vice President Madam?» Charlemagne asked Comedy Central about «The God’s Honest Truth» in a clip released prior to Friday’s interview with The God Harris.
«Come on Charlemagne. Come on, it’s Joe Biden,» Harris told the host of the night talk show. «I can not tell sometimes,» he replied, before Harris cut him off.
«No, no, no, no. It’s Joe Biden. It’s Joe Biden. Don’t start talking like a Republican. Ask him if he’s president, it’s Joe Biden, I’m vice president. My name is Kamala Harris.»
Harris read out a list of achievements that this administration believes it has achieved, but acknowledged the «frustration» among Americans who say the list of achievements is not enough.
«Okay, so I’m disappointed, but do not deny the impact we have had, there is still a lot of work to be done, let’s admit that it will not be easy to do. But we will not give up, I will not give up,» he added.
In another clip released from the interview, Harris said it was wrong to blame only Democrats for failing to meet the president’s priorities, instead blaming Republicans.
«I think it’s wrong to try to think this through the lens against Democrats and Democrats when Republicans are constantly and unanimously standing in the way of progress,» Harris said. «Therefore, let’s emphasize where it really should be, how it can get bipartisan support today and this year in the United States in 2021, and on some fundamental issues, such as sustaining our democracy.»
The Democratic leadership initially pressed for a Senate referendum on Built Back Better before Christmas, but action on the law was delayed for a variety of reasons. Earlier this week, CNN reported that key talks between Biden and Mancin, a crucial oscillating referendum, were far from a resolution on a series of issues. Legislators are fighting over how to deal with the disputed state and resolve policy conflicts such as local tax breaks and the legislative text is not yet finalized.
«My team and I are in constant discussion with Senator Mansin; that work will continue next week,» Biden said in a statement.
«It will take time to finalize these agreements, prepare legislative changes and complete all the parliamentary and procedural steps required for a Senate vote,» he continued. «We will work on this work together in the coming days and weeks; we (Chairman) Chuck Schumer and I are committed to seeing the bill successfully ground as soon as possible.»
However, the president reiterated that he still believed the bill would eventually be passed.
CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Clare Foran contributed to the report.