by Samantha Foster
Kamala Harris’ disastrous week once again avoiding the U.S. border, came to a depressing end on Sunday, when her trip to Guatemala and Mexico – the first foreign visit as vice president – was trashed as a deep disappointment by a CNN panel.
Harris, tasked by President Joe Biden with working to stem soaring migration levels, found herself mocked for being unable to answer the obvious question as to when she would visit the U.S.-Mexico border. To her visible irritation, she was asked multiple times when she would go and see for herself – and each time, she stumbled over an answer.
‘It’s just a little cringeworthy, and I know that her allies in the White House and elsewhere are watching it and just kind of wondering what is going on,’ said Abby Phillip, host of CNN’s Inside Politics Sunday show, and a usually slavish ally of all Democrats.
Panelist Laura Barron-Lopez, a CNN Political Analyst, agreed that it was a failure:
‘It didn’t go the way the White House wanted it to go,’ she said.
‘Again, immigration, as you mention, is a hot potato no one wants to touch, and Harris has been dealt it and so she has to handle now what Biden had to handle when he was VP which is relationships with the northern triangle.’
In particular, the panel were dismayed at Harris’ interview with Lester Holt of NBC.
‘At some point, you know, we are going to the border,’ she told Holt. ‘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.’
He replied: ‘You haven’t been to the border.’
‘And I haven’t been to Europe,’ Harris snapped, then quickly laughed.
‘And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.’
Washington Post reporter Olivier Knox said it was baffling that she was not better prepared.
‘To be clear, she was going to be asked this question,’ he said.
‘And the fact that they didn’t have something better than ‘I haven’t been to Europe’ is fairly notable.’
And it’s not just in D.C. that Harris is being panned. She has faced strong criticism for her performance on Monday and Tuesday in Latin America as well.
And Harris relies on — HER SISTER — to provide her “briefings”, shunning her own aides and State Department and DHS officials…
Axios on Sunday evening reported that part of the problem was that there were issues with how she prepares.
The source said she only listens to a select group of people, most prominently her sister, Maya.
Her “lack of preparation” was a described as “stunning” by one unnamed Mexican official.
Harris’ trip came amid mounting concern about the number of arrivals along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Border crossings have exploded, rising 674 per cent in May 2021 compared to May 2020.
Authorities recorded 180,034 migrants crossing into the U.S. last month.
That represented a slight increase over the approximately 178,000 migrants encountered in April, and the 172,000 encountered in March.
In February, roughly 100,000 migrants illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into the United States.