VP Harris Gives Cringe Inducing Answer on Not Visiting Border: “I Haven’t Been to Europe Either”
Vice President Kamala Harris deflected a question from NBC’s Lester Holt about her plans to visit the border, joking that she has also not visited Europe since becoming Vice President.
From The Blaze:
“The question that has come up and you heard it here and you’ll hear it again I’m sure,” Holt said. “Why not visit the border? Why not see what Americans are seeing in this crisis?”
“Well, we are going to the border,” Harris answered. “We have to deal with what’s happening at the border, there’s no question about that. That’s not a debatable point. But we have to understand that there’s a reason people are arriving at our border and ask what is that reason and then identify the problem so we can fix it.”
But Holt did not give up on the question easily, pointing out to Harris that she has actually not been to the border herself. Holt’s pressing of the matter seemingly caught Harris off guard, causing the bizarre exchange:
“Do you have any plans to visit the border?”
The vice president appeared visibly frustrated at the line of questioning, and exasperatedly dismissed her visiting the border as a non-issue.
“At some point, you know, we are going to the border,” she replied, waving her arms in dismay. “We’ve been to the border. So this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”
Holt then shot back: “You haven’t been to the border.”
“And I haven’t been to Europe!” Harris exclaimed, laughing. “And I mean — I don’t understand the point that you’re making.”
The interview comes after Harris has made headlines in recent days for her trip to Guatemala, where she promised to addressed the “root causes” of the border crisis. But the vice president’s trip soon turned awkward, with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei claiming the Biden administration was to blame for the border crisis.
“The message changed too: ‘We’re going to reunite families, we’re going to reunite children,’” Giammattei said. “The very next day, the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.”
“We asked the United States government to send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving,” he added.
Harris responded through a spokesperson by placing the blame for the crisis on climate change, poverty, and corruption in South America.
The vice president’s charge did not sit well with Giammattei, who told reporters afterwards that his administration was in way corrupt.
“How many cases of corruption have I been accused of?” Giammattei asked an American reporter. “I can give you the answer: zero.”
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