Biden administration officials are “quietly confused” over Vice President Harris’ fumbling multiple questions about the border and are worried that her coercive mistake will overshadow her first international trip, according to a report.
In a speech to CNN, administration officials discussed how the issue of visiting the border behind Harris ‘entire journey, with her response to NBC News’ Lester Holt, stole the limelight from her work.
“At some point, you know we’re going to the border,” a defensive Harris told Holt on “Today” in Guatemala – 308 miles away from the southern United States-Mexico junction.
“We have been at the border. So all this at the border, we̵
Harris seemed to laugh at his own joke, replying, “And I have not been to Europe. And I mean, I do not understand the point you are making. I do not discount the meaning of the border. ”
Administration officials told CNN that there was “a real hope” that the trip would be a success, expressing their concern that “what looked like ill-prepared answers to the inevitable question would overshadow it.”
While the sources did not go so far as to call the trip a failure, individuals admitted that the soundbit would likely continue to be used by her critics.
The network also reported that the VP’s team expressed their frustration “over what they perceive as question marks, driven by Republican attacks that mistakenly painted her as the administration’s frontier rather than focused on the root causes of migration.”
A Harris representative did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment on the report.
The Biden administration’s regret of former President Donald Trump’s border policy has led to a flood of Central American and Mexican illegal migrants at the U.S. border, including thousands of children who have not been escorted.
Central Americans seeking refuge from the northern triangle countries – Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – have taken these political steps as well as the overwhelmingly more welcoming tone from the Democrats as a sign that Biden is urging them to cross the border.
By insisting that the border did not face a crisis, administration officials have argued that the problems at the border were due to the previous administration.
However, the data overwhelmingly show that migrants flooded the border because they thought Biden would welcome them with open arms.
As the crisis warmed, Biden intercepted his vice president in March to tackle the “fundamental causes” of the record-breaking wave of illegal immigration.
The issue of personally monitoring the crisis challenged Harris through her mission abroad.
On Monday, Harris dismissed a reporter’s question at a Guatemala press conference as to why she had not visited the southern border, saying such a trip would just be a “magnificent gesture”.
While on the ground in Mexico City on Tuesday, a reporter asked Harris why she would not stop near the border on her way back to Washington.
“I have been to the border before. I’m leaving again, ”Harris insisted. “But when I’m in Guatemala and dealing with root causes, I think we need to have a conversation about what’s going on in Guatemala.”
At a news conference Tuesday night in Mexico City, Harris was asked twice more when she would visit the border.
“I will and have done so before,” Harris said first, noting that she is from California and that she would visit again soon. “When another reporter asked ‘how fast,’ Harris spoke past the query, saying” the issue of root causes will not be resolved on a journey that took two days, “referring to the journey she was currently on.
Harris has been under pressure for several months to pay a visit to the crossing. Two days before she was named Biden’s illegal immigration tsar in March, she laughed at an airport train and said “not today!” when she was asked if she would visit the crossing.