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Biden Allies Calling Kamala Harris’ Trip to Guatemala a ‘Disaster’


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Most of the focus on the Biden Administration for the last 5 months has been about what a disaster Joe Biden has been.

Biden has been unable to get through interviews without trailing off, forgetting where he is or what he’s talking about, and being generally creepy towards young girls.

Meanwhile, Biden’s “border czar” Kamala Harris has remained under the radar dispite her own failures.

Unfortunately for her, those failures are beginning to mount up.

Allies close to Joe Biden are said to have called Harris’ trip to Guatemala a “disaster.”

Harris was so unprepared that she couldn’t even answer the simple question of why she hasn’t visited the southern border.

The Hill has more on what the Biden allies had to say about Harris' disastrous trip down south:

Before Vice President Harris’s plane touched down at Joint Base Andrews after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, the narrative of her first foreign trip had already been cast.

Biden allies and even some people close to Harris said they viewed her trip to Guatemala and Mexico as a “disaster,” as one put it.

They said they were left wondering why she seemed so ill-prepared to handle basic questions like “Why you haven’t been to the border?” that have been telegraphed by Republicans and conservative media as well as more mainstream outlets given her focus on the Northern Triangle countries and immigration.

Harris’s comments about visiting the border during the trip left almost everyone shaking their heads inside and outside the White House.

“It wasn’t great,” said one longtime Biden ally. “A little cringeworthy too. I don’t know how they weren’t preparing for these questions.”

Another ally was blunt: “It was terrible. I don’t know how else to say it.”

The allies pointed to several comments that gave critics of Harris and the Biden administration an easy talking point.

First, they pointed to Harris’s remarks at a press conference on Monday, where she pointedly told migrants “do not come” to the border. Those comments drew a backlash from progressives, including Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who said they sent the wrong signal.

The following day in an interview with NBC News’s Lester Holt, the sources said Harris came off as defensive when Holt repeatedly asked if she was going to visit the border.

“We are going to the border, we’ve been to the border,” Harris told Holt. When Holt told her she had not visited the border, Harris replied: “And I haven’t been to Europe.”

The comment was played on loop on the cable networks even before Harris left Mexico City for Washington. The flub even found its way to late-night television, when the "Tonight Show’s" Jimmy Fallon played the clip Tuesday night.

“Well, that escalated quickly,” Fallon said, after making an inquisitive face about Harris’s comments. The studio audience laughed.

Here's Video of Harris' Failed Trip to Guatemala

Even Late Night TV Host Jimmy Fallon didn't spare Harris on his show.

Yahoo News with more on the criticism towards Harris:

"The White House's lead spokesperson on immigration should be able to talk about the root causes of migration and what's happening at the border without getting defensive or handing the opposition an infinitely replayable soundbite," Setzer told The Hill.

The Biden allies also pointed to comments Harris made at a press conference telling migrants "do not come" to the border, and they overall felt that statements made by the vice president gave critics "an easy talking point," The Hill wrote.

Politico also reported that while Harris' aides and allies "tell us she did what she was supposed to do" during the trip, "on the politics," they do "admit her performance could have been smoother." One White House official argued to Politico, though, "The trip was a success. Was there one moment in one interview that is taken out of context and being used? Yes, but she did what she came to do."



 

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