According to a report, Biden administration officials are “quietly upset” about Vice President Harris answering several questions about the border and worried that his unforced errors will dominate his first international trip.
Speaking for CNNIn this article, administration officials discussed how the question of going over the border haunted Harris for the entire trip, with NBC News’ Lester Holt stealing the headlines from his work.
“At some point, you know, we’re going to the border,” a defensive Harris. Told Holt on “Today” In Guatemala – 1,308 miles from the southern US-Mexico crossing.
“We have gone to the border. So this whole thing about the border, we’re at the border,” Harris said, to which Holt replied, “You haven’t gone to the border.
Harris replied, laughing at his own joke: “And I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t understand the point you’re making. I’m not downplaying the importance of the border.”
Administration officials told CNN that there was “a real hope” that the trip would be successful, and expressed their concern that “what had not been prepared for that inevitable question would be overshadowed.”
Although sources say that the tour cannot be called a failure, people assumed that the soundbites would continue to be used by his critics.
The network also reported that the VP’s team expressed their dismay about what they perceive to be inquiries inspired by the Republican attacks, portraying them as frontline jargons of the administration rather than focusing on the root causes of the migration. “
A representative for Harris did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment on the report.
The undoing of former President Donald Trump’s border policies by the Biden administration has led to an influx of Central American and Mexican illegal migrants, including thousands of children, to the US border.
Central Americans seeking asylum from the Northern Triangle countries – Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – have taken these policy moves, as well as a highly welcoming tone from Democrats, as a sign that Biden is inviting them to cross the border. Huh.
Emphasizing that the border is not facing a crisis, administration officials have claimed that the problems at the border should be blamed on the previous administration.
However, data suggests migrants were flooding the border because they believed Biden would welcome them with open arms.
As the crisis heated up, Biden tapped his vice president in March to address the “root causes” of the record surge of illegal immigration.
The issue of going personally to survey the crisis plagued Harris during his mission abroad.
On Monday, Harris dismissed a journalist’s question at a news conference in Guatemala why he had not visited the southern border, saying such a visit would be just a “grand gesture”.
On Tuesday, a reporter on the field in Mexico City asked Harris why, given the proximity, why she wouldn’t stop at the border on her way back to Washington.
“I have gone to the border before. I’ll go back,” Harris insisted. “But when I’m dealing with root causes in Guatemala, I think we should have a conversation about what’s happening in Guatemala.”
At a Tuesday evening press conference in Mexico City, Harris was asked twice more when she would arrive at the border.
“I will and I have first,” Harris said at first, noting that she’s from California and she’ll be back “soon.” When asked by another reporter “how soon,” Harris spoke before the interrogation, “the issue of root causes is not going to be resolved in a trip that took two days,” referring to the trip on which he was at present.
Harris has been under pressure to go to the crossing for months. Two days before Biden was named Illegal Immigration Tsar in March, she laughed on an airport runway and said “Not today!” When asked if she would go to the crossing.