We may be very close to seeing the first heard roll down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Reports are starting to blow up that Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra could be either fired or forced to resign very soon.
Becerra has been completely absent during the pandemic, at least for the most part, and he could be used as the scapegoat for Biden.
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People are looking for someone to fall on their sword to deflect some blame away from Biden.
Thus far, Becerra has avoided being the face of the administration regarding the pandemic.
Instead, we have seen regular appearances by chief White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, and White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients.
There are whispers that administration officials are getting more and more frustrated by Becerra’s lack of effort.
Specifically, they do not believe he is pushing hard enough to get Biden’s mandates followed.
Zients is reportedly one of the individuals ringing the bell over Becerra, wanting him gone.
One White House official stated that the HHS Secretary “is taking too passive a role in what may be the most defining challenge of the administration.”
Becerra has yet to do the media circuit on the big Sunday morning news shows, something Trump’s HHS Secretary did at least a dozen times.
Becerra’s office is pushing back, downplaying his backroom philosophy.
The official stated, “Would you rather have a secretary who prioritizes TV appearances over getting tests, therapeutics and vaccines into the hands of people who need them?”
The White House has now gone into deflection mode, with White House spokesman Kevin Munoz addressing the rumors.
He stated, “Since Day 1, the administration has managed a strong, coordinated COVID-19 response thanks to Secretary Becerra and HHS officials at every level of government.
“HHS is one of the most critical agencies in this fight and we have built a coordinated operation that is working together day and night, every single day of the week.”
Celenie Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University who was a part of the Biden transition team’s COVID-19 task force, was not so complimentary.
She stated, “Certainly, whether it’s him or the White House itself, there does need to be better coordination.
“That isn’t to say there should be suppression of certain ideas but rather coordination of different agencies. He is certainly one person who could be doing that.”
Another White House advisor stated there is more than enough blame to go around regarding Becerra’s role, saying, “It’s very clear to me that the White House is not looking for Becerra to be involved.
“What you can’t do is say, ‘We’re going to run it out of the White House,’ but not be involved with the agencies.
“Or if there is a role for Becerra, they should articulate it to him.”
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Source: New York Post