Kamala Harris’ niece called out by White House lawyers for riding her aunt coattails to get fame
Meena Harris, Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece and a social media influencer, is in some hot water.
“Some things can’t be undone,” a White House official told the Los Angeles Times. “‘That being said: Behavior needs to change,’ the official said.
What's all the hubbub about, exactly? Mooching off her aunt, apparently. Meena Harris appeared on NBC’s “Today” show a week before her aunt was sworn in. In the interview conducted by Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush, Meena dropped mention of her latest children’s book, “Ambitious Girl,” and “wore a pink sweatshirt emblazoned with the word ‘Ambitious’ in large type, plugging a popular item in her Phenomenal brand clothing line,” reported the Times.
“A current White House official who watched the segment was taken aback. Meena, who was an unpaid campaign representative, would not have been given the prominent platform — or appearances on ‘The View’ and spreads in glossy magazines — if she weren’t the vice president’s niece. She has used that publicity to promote her lifestyle brand, which has over time capitalized on Kamala Harris’ name, likeness, life history, and political slogans to produce clothing, videos, bestselling children’s books, and designer headphones,” the Times continued.
White House lawyers have told Meena Harris she cannot sell products that use her aunt’s likeness. “Meena would not say whether she continues to collect royalties from her first book, which features her aunt’s name and image on the cover. A White House official said the book, along with ‘Vice President Aunty’ sweatshirts, Harris-themed swimsuits, and other products previously sold, were not allowed under the current rules,” reported the Times.
Meena Harris has defended her actions, refusing to budge. “Since the beginning of the campaign, I have insisted on upholding all legal and ethical standards and will continue to strictly adhere to the ethics rules of the Biden/Harris White House,” she said. “With regards to Phenomenal, it was always our plan to remove the likeness of the Vice President from the website before the Inauguration, and refrain from using her likeness in any products or campaigns going forward,” she said.
It appears Meena Harris may be a thorn in the Biden administration for the time being.