March 12, 2024

Biden's Advance Team Reportedly Facing Turmoil

President Joe Biden’s advance team, responsible for orchestrating his public appearances, is reportedly experiencing internal "turmoil and toxicity" that could potentially impede the president's campaign efforts.

According to a report published by Politico on Monday, this discord within the advance team is indicative of broader tensions within the Biden administration that have surfaced in various press accounts.

The assessment of "turmoil and toxicity" is based on input from 18 current and former Biden staffers and individuals directly acquainted with the team, as per Politico's report.

The situation has escalated to the extent that the White House Counsel’s Office initiated an investigation, reaching out to three individuals last fall for interviews.

Allegations primarily revolved around verbal harassment accusations against Ian Mellul, the former associate director of presidential advance.

Mellul resigned on March 1 following a lengthy investigation, as confirmed by multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Brie Moore, the former director of press advance, also resigned in recent weeks amid complaints from the press corps reported to the White House.

Concerns have been voiced among those interviewed by Politico regarding the potential repercussions of internal turmoil on President Biden’s reelection endeavors.

The advance office relies on a nationwide network of volunteers, often comprising individuals with prior experience from past administrations or campaign cycles, to assist with the president’s travel arrangements.

The negative reputation garnered by the Biden team has dissuaded some seasoned veterans from participating when approached for assistance, according to insights from four former White House staffers. This reluctance could result in an increased margin for error, particularly as the president intensifies his travel schedule leading up to the general election.

The concerns also come as White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and John Kirby from the National Security Council have also included speculation of conflict regarding daily press briefings.

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