Vice President Kamala Harris was caught off guard during a trip to France when a reporter asked her how the trip prepared her for the presidency, Fox News reports.
Harris looked surprised when the reporter asked the question as she exited a shop in Paris on Saturday, but simply talked about the success of the trip instead of answering directly.
“I will tell you it was a very productive and a good trip,” she replied, adding that the U.S. has “a lot of follow up to do.”
“As we’ve discussed extensively over the past couple of days, this trip was about of course making clear the long-standing relationship, but also that as we go into a new era for the world that our work will continue,” Harris said. “We do it with a sense of optimism, but with a sense of strong conviction that the partnership between the United States and France remains and will continue to be a very strong one.”
Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron attended a remembrance of Armistice Day earlier in the week at the Arc de Triomphe, and the two seemed friendly.
President Joe Biden had spoken to Macron earlier in the month to smooth over France’s ruffled feathers stemming from an agreement the administration made with Australia and the U.K. in September over submarine technology that left France out of the deal. The country had a pre-existing submarine construction deal with Australia.
As the New York Post reported, Biden apologized to Macron in late October and called the deal “clumsy,” and he claimed he didn’t know that France had not been informed about the deal.
“I was under the impression that France had been informed long before. I honest to God did not know you had not been,” Biden insisted.
It appears that his profuse apology did the trick, or at least Macron didn’t take out any residual anger on Harris.
Harris said the two didn’t discuss the submarine deal because it wasn’t part of the agenda for her visit.
The deal “was not the purpose of the trip and we didn’t discuss it,” Harris told reporters Friday.
Harris took some flack for trying to fake a French accent during a speech to scientists at the Pasteur Institute, but maybe compared to Biden’s gaffes and recent behavior, that’s not considered so bad.