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World Kamala Harris rep denies Trump-GOP pressure forced VP into Friday's border trip

12:59  25 june  2021
12:59  25 june  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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Kamala Harris rep denies Trump-GOP pressure forced VP into Friday's border trip

Pressure from Republicans, including former President Trump, was not a factor in the decision by Vice President Kamala Harris to visit the El Paso, Texas, on Friday after months of avoiding the U.S.-Mexico border region amid a surge in migration, a Harris spokeswoman insisted Thursday.

"This administration does not take their cues from Republican criticism, nor from the former president of the United States of America," Symone Sanders, a senior adviser for Harris, told reporters. "We have said, over a number of different occasions … that she would go to the border. She has been before. She would go again. She would go when it was appropriate, when it made sense."

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Harris has been accused of avoiding the border to preserve her political future. Her recent trip to Guatemala and Mexico seemed to do her no favors and two awkward interviews after that trip made her absence from the border a national issue, they say.

U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, recently told Fox News that former President Trump’s decision to visit the border next week put Harris in an even more challenging spot.

"We have put political pressure on her for months and months and months to show up," he said. "You know, thankfully former President Donald Trump is coming down, and all of a sudden you put their head in a political vise, and then they start moving." CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:

- Kamala Harris has gone 93 days without visit to border since being tapped for crisis role

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  Kamala Harris Border Visit Rebuked for Being Far From 'Epicenter' of Crisis Republican Byron Donalds said Harris visiting El Paso is "equivalent to firefighters prioritizing a dumpster fire over a five-alarm fire."Harris's office announced the June 25 trip on Wednesday, stating she'd be accompanied to the Lone Star State by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

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Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett warned Thursday that the "worst has yet to come" after the devastating collapse of the Champlain Towers in his South Florida town.

"We got the call at about 2 o'clock this morning and we came out and we've got a modern building that just collapsed. A large modern building, 12 stories, 130-unit condominium on the ocean just collapsed, it looks like there was an earthquake, it's inexplicable and we are all scratching our heads trying to figure out what the problem is," Burkett told Harris Faulkner on "Outnumbered."

Harris, while finally visiting the border, touts 'extreme progress' in tackling migrant surge

  Harris, while finally visiting the border, touts 'extreme progress' in tackling migrant surge Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday finally made her long-awaited trip to the southern border, after months of criticism for not visiting since being tapped to lead the efforts to end the crisis, touting what she called "extreme progress" by the administration on tackling the migrant surge. Harris visited El Paso, Texas, nearly 100 days after being appointed by President Biden to lead the diplomatic efforts to tackle the root causes of the crisis at the southern border that has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants hitting the border in recent months.

"We've got a tragedy here that's beyond any of our imagination. We've got 15 families out this morning in the middle of the night, we've got a third or more of the building that collapsed like a pancake that I don't even want to think about what we'd find in that area."

Dozens of rescuers continued searching for survivors into the night Thursday, with at least one person dead and 99 other people unaccounted for. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

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Biden says he won't sign bipartisan spending deal without Democrats' infrastructure wish list

President Biden on Thursday touted a new major bipartisan spending deal but warned he wouldn't sign the roughly $1 trillion in roads, bridges and broadband investments unless Congress passes a separate bill on human infrastructure filled with Democratic priorities on expanding the social safety net.

Kamala Harris Finally Visits the Border—800 Miles From Where the Action Is

  Kamala Harris Finally Visits the Border—800 Miles From Where the Action Is In her first five months in office, Vice President Kamala Harris has learned at least one important lesson about immigration: You can run to the border, but you can’t run from the border. That’s because sooner or later the border will find you. That’s especially true when you’re a U.S. elected official in 2021, whether you’re pandering to white nativists who want to keep out Central American refugees, or Latino activists who want to let more of them in. This week, the border found Harris. The California Democrat — who never showed much interest in immigration while representing a border state in the U.S. Senate — finally made it to the U.S.-Mexico border.

"If this (bipartisan deal) is the only one that comes to me, I’m not signing it," Biden said at the White House. "It’s in tandem."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have said the narrow bipartisan bill on traditional infrastructure must be paired with a sweeping new spending bill that could reach $6 trillion in order to secure the necessary votes for passage. Biden backed their approach Thursday by saying he won't sign one into law without the other.

"I'm not just signing the bipartisan bill and forgetting about the rest that I proposed," Biden said, noting the human infrastructure part is "equally important" to the physical infrastructure proposals.

Biden signaled both bills are needed to get support from his Democratic Party, which holds very slim majorities in the House and Senate. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:

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Biden Admin: Harris Chose to Visit El Paso Due to Historic Connections to Trump Policies

  Biden Admin: Harris Chose to Visit El Paso Due to Historic Connections to Trump Policies Biden officials told reporters that Harris chose El Paso as a symbolic reminder of the previous administration's controversial immigration policies. © Hector Vivas/Getty Images MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 08: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris acknowledges those assembled before boarding Air Force Two at Benito Juarez International Airport on June 08, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. The vice president was concluding her first trip abroad in an effort to address migration, declaring the need to assert control over the southern border but taking criticism for the stance at home.

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SOME PARTING WORDS

Laura Ingraham on Thursday night accused the Biden administration of trying to give the U.S. military a "woke" makeover. She blasted Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for getting defensive during a Capitol Hill hearing.

"Now yesterday, when Republican congressmen raised reasonable questions about whether it’s a good idea to expose our soldiers to anti-American propaganda in the form of this critical race theory stuff, he just ended up lashing out," the host of Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" said about Milley.

"Critical race theory is based on a lie," she continued. "the lie that America is marred by racism in every aspect of society and therefore our entire system must be upended, and then remade."

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Rep. Andy Biggs: Kamala Harris 'visits' border – here's the real reason she went .
The long overdue "visit" to the border by Vice President Kamala Harris was strictly for show. She checked a box.The border trip was merely a photo opportunity for VP Harris.

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