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CNN panel criticizes Kamala Harris' 'cringeworthy' border response
Kamala Harris has faced a barrage of criticism for her handling of her first foreign trip. On Sunday CNN's politics panel joined in, describing her as bizarrely unprepared for obvious questions.Harris, tasked by President Joe Biden with working to stem soaring migration levels, found herself mocked for being unable to answer the obvious question as to when she would visit the U.S.-Mexico border. To her visible irritation, she was asked multiple times when she would go and see for herself - and each time, she stumbled over an answer.
In response to the news that Vice President Kamala Harris will make her long-anticipatedat the southern border, former President Donald Trump penned a statement alleging that she only decided on the trip as a last-minute attempt to save face.
“If Governor Abbott and I weren’t going there next week, she would have never gone!,” Trump wrote. After months of Republican urging and criticism, Harris appears to have buckled under pressure and plans to visit the border this week, a whole 90 days after President Biden appointed her to manage the migrant crisis.
Mike Pence Tells Kamala Harris 'It's Time' to Visit Southern Border
Donald Trump's former VP criticized Harris while tweeting images of him visiting the border during his time in the office.The former VP under Donald Trump tweeted a number of pictures showing him speaking with officials and attending migrant centers during his time in office while adding: "Here's what it looks like when a Vice President visits the Southern Border.
Trump and Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently announced they would make a joint trip to the border alongside a group of House Republicans.
The former president took credit for Harris’s move in the statement: “After months of ignoring the crisis at the Southern Border, it is great that we got Kamala Harris to finally go and see the tremendous destruction and death that they’ve created—a direct result of Biden ending my very tough but fair Border policies…”
Harris will stop in El Paso, Texas on Friday accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, her office announced Wednesday.
At a press briefing Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki deflected on a question on whether Harris’s sudden change of heart on visiting the border reflected a political calculation ahead of Trump’s arrival there.
Republican lawmakers are staging Trump-style stunts at the US-Mexico border to push 'crisis' agenda
Borderline theater: A cutout of Vice President Kamala Harris, a state's plan to fund its own wall, and a governor sending police to Texas and Arizona.Under Trump, political stunts at the border - including Trump signing a metal slat of the border wall - and drumming up fear of migrant caravans were part of a strategy of fear he began employing from the moment he announced his 2026 candidacy. The tactic was also used during the 2018 midterms.
“I would say that we have no way to predict what former President Trump will say when he goes to the border,” she said. She asserted that the purpose of Harris’s and Mayorka’s itinerary is to “assess and take a look at progress that’s been made,” which will not “prevent or change what the former president of the United States says when he goes to the border in another couple of days.”
Harris has redirected the conversation away from her absence at the border on multiple occasions, including during a television interview with NBC’s Lester Holt. Harris dismissed the accusations against her and reiterated to the host that her chief priority is addressing the root causes of mass migration.
At a recent joint press conference with the president of Guatemala, Harris said that her role and responsibility is to help solve the underlying catalysts driving immigration in Central America rather than engage in “grand gestures,” in reference to a border trip.
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DHS' Alejandro Mayorkas Defends Kamala Harris' Border Trip to El Paso Over Crisis Areas .
Analyzing year-to-date figures, RVG accounted for 30 percent of border encounters since October 2020—the most of any area in the southwest—compared to El Paso which saw nearly 13 percent of encounters—the fourth busiest behind Tucson and Del Rio. During Harris' trip, the vice president noted that "It is here in El Paso that the previous administration's child separation policy was implemented." But she also faced criticisms for not visiting Fort Bliss, just 10 miles from El Paso, where hundreds of unaccompanied children are being held.