Vice President Kamala Harris had a tense exchange with Univision anchor Ilia Calderón when she will visit the southern border.
During an interview on Thursday, Calderón Harris, who was assigned by President Biden to deal with the border crisis, pressed on how she herself has not yet reached the border between the United States and Mexico to see the migrant crisis in person.
“When are you going to the border, Vice President?” Asked Calderón during a remote interview.
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As Harris spoke, she heard Calderón’s slightly delayed questions, which did not seem to sit well.
“I’m not done,” Harris replied sternly with a short laugh. “I have said that I am going to the border. And also if we are to deal with the problems at the border, we have to deal with the problems that make people go to the border, flee to the border. So my first trip as Vice President of The United States was going – in the form of a foreign trip – to Guatemala, being there to address and be informed of the root causes of why the Guatemala people are leaving. “
“Do you have a date for your trip to the border?” Calderón followed.
“I’m keeping you updated,” Harris replied.
Harris’ brief scolding of the Univision anchor went viral on social media.
“In fairness, I did not have @VP Kamala Harris beating @iliacalderon with ‘I’m talking’ on my bingo card,” Media Research Center Latino director Jorge Bonilla responded.
“Oof,” tweeted senior author Dan McLaughlin of the National Review.
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“There’s that harris charm,” said political commentator Allahpundit.
“Absolutely sexist-racist for Calderon to interrupt Harris like that,” said Washington Free Beacon reporter Chuck Ross.
Earlier this week, Harris had an awkward exchange with NBC’s Lester Holt, who also challenged her for not visiting the border.
“At some point, you know we’re going to the border. We’ve been at the border,” Harris said. “So it’s all, it’s all, it’s all at the border. We’ve been at the border. We’ve been at the border.
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“You have not been to the border,” Holt told her.
“And I have not been to Europe,” Harris chuckled uncomfortably. “I do not understand the point you are making.”