Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday visited a bakery in Chicago and came away with a piece of German chocolate cake – even though she faces control for not having visited the overwhelmed southern border.
Harris was in Windy City, where she toured a vaccination site that was opened to union workers. She also visited Brown Sugar Bakery on the city’s South Side, where she met with owners and staff.
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“She could have gone to a million other places, but she came here, and I’m grateful for that,” a worker told ABC7.
According to the pool note, Harris said her favorite is German chocolate and gets it for her birthday every year, and her staff had pre-ordered a piece for her.
The visit comes as the Biden administration faces a crisis at the southern border, and Harris has been named as Biden̵
Biden said last month that Harris has “agreed to lead our diplomatic efforts and work with these nations to accept the returnees and strengthen the enforcement of migration at their borders – at their borders.”
The White House later clarified that Harris was not involved in the “border crisis” but was instead focused on tackling the “root causes – not the border.”
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The Biden administration has faced a continuing border crisis with an increase in immigrants, which has led to images of migrant children packed into overcapacity facilities and families released to the United States
The administration has refused to call it a “crisis” and called it a “challenge” and blamed the Trump administration for scrapping legal asylum routes – while Republicans have blamed Biden’s immigration policy.
Before the Chicago trip, Harris was in California on Monday, visiting small businesses and a water treatment plant as she announced the administration’s latest spending plan, touted as an infrastructure bill. The visit attracted criticism from Republicans for ignoring the border while in a border state.
“It would have been incredibly easy for Harris to add a stop to her journey to show her support and comfort, comfort and lead on the ground. She has her own plane,” said Ronna McDaniel, president of the Republican National Committee (RNC). in an op-ed for Fox News. “The flight time from LA to San Diego is approximately 30 minutes.”
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Earlier this week, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote to Harris urging her to visit the border and inviting her on a trip to the area with him.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg News reported that Harris has moved out of Blair House, the president’s guest neighborhood on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, and spent his first night in the Number One Observatory Circle on Tuesday.
Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report as well as The Associated Press.