He noted that Obama also commented on Harris’ smarts.
Carney went on to say that Obama “fully recognizes the challenge women continue to face in the workplace and that they should not be judged based on appearance.”
In an emailed statement, Duran noted the longstanding ties between Obama and Harris.
“They had a great conversation yesterday, and she strongly supports him,” he said.
Duran later said he would not comment beyond the statement. He declined to say whether Harris had accepted the president’s apology or whether she was offended by his comment.
Harris had scheduled no public appearances Friday and was not expected to comment herself.
Harris and Obama have campaigned for each other in prior elections. Some pundits also have described her as a female version of Obama because of her stage presence and because, like the president, she is of mixed race.