United States Vice President Kamala Harris denies criticism of her for not visiting the US border with Mexico, arguing that she has also not been to Europe and that her travel options were “limited” in her first months in the United States.
In an interview with NBC, journalist Lester Holt asked Harris if he intended to visit the border, and the vice president replied “someday”. “We were at the border,” he says, to which the journalist replies that Harris did not visit the border.
“And I haven’t been to Europe yet. I mean, I don’t understand where you’re going,” Harris replies with a laugh, before saying that “he’s not downplaying the line.”
United States President Joe Biden has tasked Harris with leading efforts to reduce migratory flows from Central America to the United States and has tried to make it clear that efforts to move the North American country’s southern border are not part of the order.
Harris’ remarks come after members of the Republican Party tried to make them the face of the Biden government’s response to the situation at the border, which saw a record number of minors traveling alone this spring.
“That is important to me and what happens at the border is important to me,” emphasized the Vice President, claiming that she was in Guatemala because she was concentrating on the causes of migration to the USA.
Harris met with the President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, this Monday and traveled to Mexico this Tuesday to visit the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. This trip has been interpreted as an example of the importance the Biden Administration attaches to the Central American region and migration from the region.