Reports indicate Vice President Kamala Harris is going ahead with her planned trip to Vietnam and Singapore, even as President Joe Biden continues to wrestle with the optics of the ongoing disaster in Afghanistan.
According to Fox News columnist Charles Creitz, the fact that Harris hasn’t canceled the trip suggests she’s panicking under the pressure — and doing her best to keep herself at arm’s length from the faltering situation in Kabul, where Taliban militants took control last weekend.
Creitz isn’t the only one who feels that way. Writing Thursday, the columnist cited remarks made by New York Post writer Miranda Devine during an appearance earlier that day on Fox News’ America Reports.
Running from responsibility
Devine said that President Joe Biden “stinks of failure and defeat” in the wake of the failed withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, an effort that has left thousands of Americans stranded in the Central Asian country.
As far as Devine is concerned, Biden “owns” the chaos that voters are seeing on the ground — and Harris “wants to be as far away from that as she possibly can.”
“It’s quite a betrayal of the vice president not to be standing by the president’s side who’s now given two sort of ‘speeches,’ I guess you could call them, since Friday,” she charged, according to Creitz.
“And it is quite remarkable that [Harris] has decided not to show solidarity with the president — it tells you where the White House is,” Devine added. “And she, I suppose, is thinking she will be stepping into the president’s shoes.”
Devine also noted that neither Biden nor State Department officials “have their heads around giving some sort of account of what they are up to and what’s happening in Kabul,” adding: “They don’t even know how many Americans are trapped behind enemy lines.”
Time for “the grown-ups” to take charge
According to Creitz, the Post columnist also recalled the Biden administration’s strange decision to surrender Bagram Air Base, which some have suggested could have been used to assist in evacuation efforts. Fox News reported that weapons and equipment were later looted from the abandoned facility.
Given her previous statements, it may be understandable that Harris would want to put some distance between herself and what’s happening in Afghanistan.
In April, Harris told CNN correspondent Dana Bash that she had been “the last person in the room” before Biden made his final plans to pull out, America Reports host Sandra Smith reported Thursday.
Still, Devine complained that the vice president is exhibiting “flawed” judgment and that “grown-ups” within the administration need to step up. America is waiting.