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Biden brushes off criticism of budget nominee

Biden brushes off criticism of budget nominee
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE in an interview published Wednesday brushed off criticism among Republicans of his pick to lead the White House budget office, suggesting the GOP would look to pick a fight on some nominees "no matter what."

Biden defended Neera TandenNeera TandenSenate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda Record number of women to serve in Biden Cabinet Why Biden's diversity efforts fall flat MORE, his choice for head of the Office of Management and Budget, as she has come under fire from some Republicans over her at-times confrontational Twitter presence.

"That disqualifies almost every Republican senator and 90 percent of the administration,” Biden told New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. "But by the way, she’s smart as hell. Yeah, I think they’re going to pick a couple of people just to fight [over] no matter what."

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Biden's comments are an indication he will stand by Tanden, even as her nomination shapes up as one of the toughest forthcoming confirmation fights of the new administration.

Tanden worked on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats McConnell last spoke to Trump on Dec. 15 MORE's 2016 campaign and became a prolific critic of GOP lawmakers on Twitter. She has previously referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHumanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE (R-Ky.) as “Moscow Mitch," hit McConnell on Twitter for not telling President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE to wear a mask at his daily press conferences, and she recently deleted tweets that appeared to be critical of Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenators discussing Trump censure resolution Senate GOP signals it's likely to acquit Trump for second time Just five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional MORE (R-Maine).

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate GOP signals it's likely to acquit Trump for second time Bush-, Obama-era officials urge Senate to swiftly confirm Biden's DHS pick Senate committee advances Biden's DHS pick despite Republican pushback MORE (Texas), an adviser to the Senate Republican leadership, on Monday called Tanden Biden’s “worst nominee so far.”

“She’s been pretty partisan in some of her previous positions and in many cases with respect to Republican senators who have to vote on her potential nomination,” Senate Republican Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Senate GOP signals it's likely to acquit Trump for second time Just five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional MORE (S.D.) said.

Tanden's allies have scoffed at the focus on her Twitter presence, noting that President Trump has spent the last four years offering policy positions and attacking critics through social media. Numerous Republican lawmakers also use their social media platforms to attack the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.