Vice President Kamala Harris snapped at a reporter on Friday in El Paso, Texas forward of her go to to a processing middle and Border Patrol facility when she was requested why it had taken her so lengthy to make the journey.
Harris had gone greater than 90 days with out a go to to the southern border since being named border czar.
Upon her arrival in El Paso, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy requested Harris why proper now was the time to make her first journey to the border.
“It’s not my first trip, I’ve been to the border many times,” she snapped, apparently referring to her visits to the border as a senator.
She stated the go to builds on the efforts made throughout her journeys to Guatemala and Mexico earlier this month.
“Because as I’ve long said, I said back in March I was going to come to the border so this is not a new plan, but the reality of it is we have to deal with the causes and we have to deal with the effects,” she stated.
“And being in Guatemala, and being in Mexico talking with Mexico as a partner frankly on the issue, was about addressing the causes and coming to the border at the advice and invitation of [Representative Veronica Escobar (D., Texas)] is about looking at the effects of what we have seen happening in Central America,” she added.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Harris’ absence on the border till now throughout a briefing on Wednesday, saying, “I will also note that I’ve said that when it’s the right time, she will go visit the border.”
The journey with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin and Escobar comes simply days earlier than former President Donald Trump is ready to go to the border with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and a gaggle of House Republicans.
Psaki dodged a query about whether or not there was a political calculation in having Harris lastly go to the border forward of Trump’s journey.
“I would say that we have no way to predict what former President Trump will say when he goes to the border,” she stated, including that the administration’s view is that Harris and Mayorkas visiting the border to “assess and take a look at progress that’s been made” won’t “prevent or change what the former president of the United States says when he goes to the border in another couple of days.”
Earlier this month, Harris deflected questions on why she has not but visited the southern border after being tasked with dealing with the “root causes” of migration, saying “we’ve been to the border.”
“I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border,” Harris stated. “So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”
NBC’s Lester Holt pushed again, noting Harris had not been to the border herself whereas in workplace.
“I – and I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t – I don’t understand the point that you’re making,” Harris stated, including “I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”