The Biden administration also appears to be baffled by Kamala Harris’ trip to Guatemala and Mexico to address the border crisis.
White House insiders were “puzzled” by his answers to his questions about whether he would visit the Rio Grande and “hoped that his first trip abroad would be a success,” CNN reported.
The White House also fears that any progress made during its meetings with the Guatemalan and Mexican presidents could be undone by its conflicting messages and concise meetings with reporters.
Harris’s trip was to focus on the “root causes” of migration that led families and unaccompanied minors to head north to the border.
But he made a series of seemingly conflicting statements about his decision not to visit the border and infuriated progressives by telling migrants: “Don’t come.”
At the end of his trip, at a press conference in Mexico City with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Harris insisted that the trip was a success.
“Listen, I’ve been to the border before and I’ll be back,” she said.
He also suggested that a border trip would be “shortsighted” but promised to visit without giving a date.
Administration officials are “puzzled” by some of the conflicting statements made by Vice President Kamala Harris on her first overseas trip in office.
CNN reported that officials were concerned within the administration that any progress Harris made at the leader level may have been undermined by his mixed responses and public relations missteps.
“It baffled some administration officials and frustrated the vice president’s team,” the network said Wednesday.
“There was hope that the trip would be a success and, in the end, they believe it may have been overshadowed by some of his answers to these questions,” the network reported.
She also assaulted reporters a few times when questioned about a visit to the border. Among those who asked was a CNN correspondent. Fox News correspondents have been hounding the White House on the subject for weeks, so they’re unlikely to have surprised his team.
At the same press conference where she said she was going to the border, Harris also shrugged off the idea.
Harris visited Mexico and Guatemala on his first trip out of the country as a VP
He said at a press conference in Mexico City that he would visit the border, having previously commented on the “grand gestures”
Vice President Kamala Harris (R) participates in a panel discussion with the Guatemalan community and civil society leaders to continue conversations on how to best address the root causes of migration at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala in Guatemala City on June 7 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris is greeted by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard as he steps off the plane upon arrival at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport, for his first international trip as Vice President to Guatemala and Mexico, Mexico on June 7. 2021
“I think it’s shortsighted for any of us who are into problem solving to suggest that we will only respond to the reaction instead of addressing the cause,” he said.
He echoed his previous comments in Guatemala, where he characterized the visit as a spectacle.
“I came here to be here on the ground, to talk to the leader of this nation about what we can do in a meaningful, tangible way and with real results,” she said.
“And I will continue to focus on that kind of work instead of big gestures.”
There is an element of spectacularity to every trip abroad and Harris did not hesitate to call his first foray abroad a victory.
‘Do I declare this trip a success? Yes, I do, ‘he said.
She also caught fire on the trip when she replied to NBC host Lester Holt when he asked her to visit the border.
“At some point, you know, we’ll go to the border,” he said. “We’ve been to the border. So this whole border thing. We’ve been to the border. We were at the border, ‘he repeated.
“You’ve never been to the border,” Holt replied.
“And I haven’t been to Europe,” Harris snapped, then quickly turned into his signature laugh.
“And I mean, I don’t understand the point you’re making,” he told Holt. “I’m not underestimating the importance of the border.”
He also kicked off his trip with a blunt message to migrants: “Don’t come”, a warning that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York called “disappointing”.
In another odd moment, an identity-swapping case at Harris’ press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday allowed a woman misidentified as a Univision reporter by a similar name to ask the vice president a flattering question.
The woman, introduced by Harris Symone Sanders’ press secretary as “Maria Fernanda of Univision,” was one of only five people called for questions at the Mexico City event.
He asked a light question, which Harris called “great.” Late Tuesday, Fox News revealed that the woman was actually a San Francisco Bay Area businesswoman named Maria Fernanda Reyes. Univision released a statement saying the woman was not their reporter.
“I would never have imagined this level of narcissism”: Kamala Harris was crushed for distributing cut-out cookies on Airforce 2 during the border crisis tour
Kamala harris was targeted for distributing cookies with her likeness on her first overseas tour to border crisis-ravaged Central American countries.
The vice president gifted the treats – which featured a bust drawn in the icing without the details of his face – to reporters aboard Air Force 2 on Sunday as it left for Guatemala.
“I never even imagined this level of narcissism,” Republican congressional candidate Buzz Patterson tweeted.
Commentator Matt Walsh intervened: ‘”Here you are, everyone. I thought you might like to eat my face. “How strange. Extremely disturbing behavior. ‘
Kamala Harris was targeted for distributing cookies with her likeness on her first overseas tour to border crisis-ravaged Central American countries
The vice president gifted the treats – which featured a bust drawn in the icing without the details of his face – to reporters aboard Air Force Two on Sunday as it left for Guatemala.
According to a tweet posted Sunday evening by Subramanian, another set of cookies would have characterized Air Force 2.
Many critics have wondered why the vice president would distribute cookies in his likeness as he faces backlash for avoiding the US-Mexico border, a visit he said would be nothing more than a “grand gesture.”
The former presidential aspirant visited Guatemala on Monday to try to address the “root causes” of illegal immigration.
“Spreading cookies with your face on them as the border crisis rages … The modern equivalent of” let them eat the cake “,” said GOP President Ronna McDaniel.
‘I thought someone gave Kamala cookies that look like her. It would have been a nice gift, “Canadian youtuber Lauren Chen wrote.” Instead, she gave other people cookies that look like her. This is narcissistic AF and a totally weird gift. “
Harris handed out treats to reporters during a taped visit to the back of Air Force 2
The baked busts of the vice president drew comparisons with the French monarch Marie Antoinette
The cookies are said to have been provided by a black-owned bakery in Washington, DC