Harris spox: VP is only in charge of ‘diplomatic efforts,’ not all border policies 

When President Joe Biden announced this week that he had tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with handling a portion of his administration’s border policy amid a mounting immigration surge, speculation abounded that the vice president would be taking on an outsized role in the matter.

In a subsequent statement, however, a top Harris aide clarified that she was merely taking the lead in “diplomatic talks” with relevant nations in addressing the border problem. Symone Sanders addressed reporters on Friday when she fielded a question on the topic.

“Not doing the border”

“I will just reiterate that the vice president is not doing the border,” she said during a flight to Connecticut alongside Harris.

Instead, Sanders noted that the vice president’s talks with Central American countries would seek to address the “root causes” behind a spike in arrivals by undocumented migrants.

“The president asked the vice president to take on the diplomatic effort, with Mexico and countries in the Northern Triangle to address the root causes of migration,” she said. “There are many reasons that move these folks to make this dangerous journey.”

So far, Sanders said that Harris had already made a “number of calls” to pertinent Central American officials. As for a possible trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, however, she noted that there are no plans “in the near future” for Harris.

“This is not work that will be addressed overnight,” Sanders added. “This is a challenging situation, as you heard the vice president speak to but it’s diplomatic work that needs to be done and Vice President Harris is looking forward to doing it.”

“Speaking with leaders from the region”

Harris has also received a high-level briefing on the situation in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, known collectively as the “Northern Triangle,” Sanders said.

“You can expect she will be speaking with leaders from the region in the near future,” she noted.

Biden said during his remarks on Wednesday that Harris would be taking the lead in diplomatic matters related to the border, but he left the scope of her responsibilities open to interpretation.

“So it’s not her full responsibility and job, but she’s leading the effort because I think the best thing to do is to put someone who, when he or she speaks, they don’t have to wonder about is that where the president is,” he said at the time. “When she speaks, she speaks for me. Doesn’t have to check with me. She knows what she’s doing, and I hope we can move this along.”

While Biden and Harris have yet to visit the border or announce plans to do so, former President Donald Trump is said to be considering a trip of his own. For the time being, however, an adviser said he is waiting out of respect for the political optics and to allow the Biden administration an opportunity to lead.

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  1. So Trump will “ allow the Biden administration an opportunity to lead “ ?
    I would have imagined that by now Trump and anyone other than democrats would have realized that Biden or his administration are unable to lead (even their own Circus).

    1. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I get the feeling Mr. Trump is merely giving Crazy Uncle Joey and Company the rope to hang themselves.

  2. Trump go to border u know the media vultures will follow & he can expose what is happening to our country!!! Disgusting how WH & media covering up this DISGUSTING DISGRACEFUL DISASTER – BUT THEN IT DOESNT AFFECT THEM WITH THEIR FENCED CAPTIAL! Load them all up & deposit @ the WH then let’s see how these hypocrites deal with this invasion of our country!!!

    1. BDS! Exactly. He is not an idiot, well educated and worldly in all he does and says. Yes, Trump knows the media will follow, and then MAYBE, sheeples eyes will open and see what he’s talking about. Too many people just roll over and close their eyes in hopes they wake up and things will be alright. America is the laughing stock of the World. This has to stop.

      1. You are so right, we are the laughing stock of the world. Didn’t even take 3 months. Hope all those people with there heads in the sand or wherever are happy with there poor demented President and whore.

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  4. Talk remains the cheapest of all commodities and it would appear that the do nothing duo have cornered the market. Since when does a President of the United States of America abdicate his position, refuse to appear before the American people and return to his burrow 4 days out of 7. The pair of them should be ashamed to take their paychecks. God save America.

  5. They are nothing more than a administration of milley mouth pukes I hope and pray that the young generation wakes up before we are all doomed.

  6. This is the most inept, and unqualified presidential administration in History !
    All Biden and team can do is to destroy whatever worked for TRUMP.
    The price of gas is already approaching three dollars a gallon and the aliens are making a mess of the Southern Border.
    And it is all because of ELECTION FRAUD !!!!!!!

  7. I’d like to see a video conference with Harris at the helm. What’s she going to do, laugh that awful laugh at the situation? That’s all she does, in all honesty, she doesn’t know her job, AT ALL!

  8. Trump in essence is saying he will let them shoot themselves in the foot some more, expose their ineptitude, hoping people will see this fake “ presidency” as the farce it is. Then people will take action to stop this insanity.

  9. The only way the younger generation is going to find out what this administration has done is: the very Hard way! It will take them into their senior years to undo the damage. If we are not owned by China by then??? They are going to realize what really difficult times are! God help us all! They have worked very hard at splitting all walks of life by their pure propaganda! Why I no longer watch ANY TV!

  10. So if Kamala isn’t in charge at the border and Biden certainly isn’t, who is? That is the problem with the dems. No one wants to be in charge of something that might hurt their political future. Trump will and has done it. He can take care of the border problem, but the dems are afraid to do anything that might shine a good light on Trump. So just let the problem fester and do harm to all. That sounds like a good plan (at least for the dems).

  11. She is realizing that she is “in over her head”, which is why that “awful laugh”….she obviously does NOT know how to take care of it, and it was a lot worse than she expected………

  12. She knows she has no idea what so ever to take on the boarder, she doesn’t know how to run anything correctly look at all the slip ups in Calif. she made. I am sure when she has her first press conference she will do the same as Joe connect the face to the question & read the answer, of course Joe can’t even do that correctly!! Goes to show us these Democrats are all CHEETS, LIERS & should not be President or VP or hold any government office!

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