Vice President Kamala Harris was recently pressed on the fact that she has yet to make a visit to the southern border to assess the crisis unfolding there, responding that she hadn’t made a visit to Europe yet either.
“We’re going to the border. We’ve been to the border,” Harris said to NBC News’s Lester Holt during an interview from Guatemala City when she was asked whether or not she was planning to visit the U.S.-Mexico border.
The reference she made to having been to the border was about other members of the Biden administration, not herself.
This was the second time, during the five minute interview clip, that Holt asked her about the issue. He asked the vice president earlier, “Why not visit the border? Why not see what Americans are seeing in this crisis?”
Apparently, the question did not like the question too much, appearing to be visibly frustrated.
“And I haven’t been to Europe,” she snarked. “I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
Harris had acknowledged the need for a response amid a surge in the number of people attempting to cross the border illegally but said the scope of her focus was on the drivers of the influx of migrants.
“We have to deal with what’s happening on the border. There’s no question about that. That’s not a debatable point, but we have to understand that there’s a reason people are arriving at our border,” Harris went on to say.
“I care about what’s happening at the border,” she said.
Harris’s effort to define her diplomatic mission to stem migration to the southern U.S. border narrowly has frustrated lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, who argue that the crisis is in the United States, where border states are dealing a continued spike in apprehensions.
Speaking to reporters in Guatemala City’s Palacio Nacional de la Cultura on Monday, Harris struck a blunter tone, stating that the border was closed and reiterating a position voiced by President Joe Biden earlier this year, telling people: “Do not to come.”
Harris will meet with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico on Tuesday on the second and final leg of her trip.