Vice President Kamala Harris just got hit with her first big leak and it is coming from inside the White House after Harris did the impossible and flubbed a friendly interview complete with the softest of softball questions. She is not ready for prime time.
CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reports that White House insiders were ‘perplexed’ and ‘not thrilled’ and ‘confused’ with her answers and that her own team was reportedly frustrated she botched the interview in the manner in which she did. “The Vice President saw this trip as an opportunity to burnish her foreign policy credentials after entering office with very little foreign policy experience,” Diamond said. “She also hoped to make real progress on the root causes on migration from Central America.”
“There was certainly progress, but there are now concerns that some of that progress may have been overshadowed by her answers to some of these questions that her team knew that she would be facing,” he said.
“It’s left some of the administration officials perplexed, and the vice president’s team frustrated,” he added.
“Some administration officials are quietly perplexed about the Vice President’s answers to some questions, in particular the particular question she got from Lester Holt where she equated the question about the border with Europe,” he said.
“There was hope the trip would be a success, and in the end, they feel it may have been overshadowed by some of her answers to these questions,” Diamond said.
Sen. Ted Cruz mocked Harris (to her face unlike WH officials) saying “It seemed like a hostage video she was just reading the words. We’ve seen in the 5 months they’ve been in office an absolute disaster unfolding at the border. In that entire interview what you don’t hear is any willingness to fix the problem. They can fix the problem tomorrow, and they can fix the problem by ending ‘catch and release’ and by reinstating the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.
“But they won’t. And so instead, she laughs it off and says ‘well, I haven’t been to Europe.’ Well, okay, you haven’t been to Europe, you haven’t been to Australia. But we don’t have an Australian border crisis, we don’t have a border crisis in Europe,” Ted said.
“Do you have any plans to visit the border?” Holt asked and no one could have exopected what would come next.
“I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border,” Harris said. “So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”
Holt called her right out saying, “You haven’t been to the border.”
“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 said before adding “I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
“Listen, I care about what’s happening at the border,” Harris said. I’m “in Guatemala because my focus is dealing with the root causes of migration.”
“There may be some who think that that is not important, but it is my firm belief that if we care about what’s happening at the border, we better care about the root causes and address them. And so that’s what I’m doing.”
Harris said yesterday at a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei:
“I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home, at the same time I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making the dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border – do not come, do not come.
“The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border.
“There are legal methods by which migration can and should occur but we, as one of our priorities, will discourage illegal migration and I believe if you come to our border you will be turned back.”
CNN: The White House is “confused” by Kamala Harris’ trouble with a "question that the administration has been dealing with for months” pic.twitter.com/qUywWyiPrB
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 9, 2021
CNN: White House is “perplexed” by Kamala Harris’ inability to answer simple questions pic.twitter.com/TrbNEScnx6
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 9, 2021
Cringe. Kamala Harris doesn't get it.
Holt: "Do you have any plans to visit the border?"
Harris: "We've been to the border. We've been the border."
Holt: "YOU haven't been to the border."
Harris: "…..and I haven't been to Europe. I don't understand the point you're making." pic.twitter.com/fFXMf8X0b6
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) June 8, 2021