Former White House officials have brought to the press complaining about current White House interns and junior staffers who are trying to embarrass President Joe Biden through media pressure campaigns.
“There’s this whole attitude of ‘You’re not my boss’ now. ‘I may work for you but I have my own opinions,'” said Democratic strategist James Carville. told Politico in a Wednesday article. “If you said you didn’t like some of President Clinton’s policies, the idea of making them public would be insane. You just wouldn’t do that. It wouldn’t even occur to you.”
White House interns urged Biden to push for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas, according to a letter first shared with NBC News and supported by more than 40 interns working in the White House and other executive agencies, the outlet reported. Biden has been criticized within the Democratic Party by left-wing members of the “Squad” and other politicians for not doing enough to push for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Although current White House Staff members argued that they were using their influence for good and doing what was right for the country. In the anonymous letter shared with Politico, former staffers criticized them for overstepping boundaries.
“The deal a staffer made has always been: You get to influence the decisions of the most powerful government in the history of the world,” Paul Begala, a former Clinton staffer, told Politico. “In exchange for this influence, you agree to support the final decision even if it goes against your opinion. If you are faced with a decision that transgresses ethical, moral, social and political lines, the choice is clear: keep quiet and support, or resign.”
A “former senior White House official” told Politico that younger staffers’ attempts to pressure Biden through media attention were not “effective.”
“What they don’t know is Joe Biden and it doesn’t work on him,” the former staffer said. “It’s not an effective way to get his attention.”
The person continued: “Staffers who believe that writing letters or resigning and doing an interview with Joy Reid is going to put pressure on the White House – it only makes the president himself more reluctant to engage and his advisors more reluctant to engage, but the direct conversation was effective.
Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates responded to calls for a ceasefire in a statement to Fox News Digital.
“As Hamas continues to fire rockets at Israel and promises to carry out attacks like those of October 7 ‘again and again,’ President Biden defends Israel’s fundamental right and obligation to defend its people against a threat existential while striving to minimize civilian casualties in Israel and Gaza to the greatest extent possible,” Bates wrote.
He continued: “Hamas ended the agreement that established a one-week humanitarian pause and guaranteed the release of more than 100 hostages. And they have so far refused to accept a new arrangement to suspend fighting. President Biden is also pushing for more humanitarian aid to Gaza and support for a two-state solution.