While Kamala Harris is supposedly in charge of handling the growing border crisis, she’s taking things at her own pace.
Two weeks after Joe Biden gave her the job, the vice president has not been to the border and has no clear plans to do so, the New York Post reported Wednesday. In response, one Trump-era official has charged that Harris has “been missing in action.”
Kamala goes MIA
For weeks, the Biden administration has been criticized for a surge in migration that has seen thousands of children detained in overcrowded federal facilities.
Neither Biden nor Harris have jumped to respond to the humanitarian crisis that many say is being caused by their administration’s relaxed policies, opting instead to blame everything and everyone else under the sun, from Donald Trump to deep-seated “root causes” of Central American migration, like poverty.
It didn’t necessarily come as a shock when a spokesperson for Harris said she is “not doing the border” shortly after Biden had put her in charge.
While Harris apparently doesn’t have any desire to see the problem up-close, she has discussed the so-called “root causes” in faraway countries over the phone with the presidents of Guatemala and Mexico, as the Post reported.
“They agreed to continue to work together to address the root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — including poverty, violence, and lack of economic opportunity,” the White House said.
Harris’ absence draws scrutiny
Harris’ absence is coming under mounting scrutiny from Republicans, who have been eager to attack the crisis as a self-inflicted disaster.
Nikki Haley, a former Trump official with clear aspirations of being president herself, lamented in an interview with Fox News that Harris is “missing in action” and said her response bodes poorly for the country if Harris were to take the reins.
“And God help us if she ever becomes president because if this is how she handles a crisis, I mean, I just can’t imagine how she would run our country,” Haley said.
The White House has been responding with a now-familiar touchiness to these criticisms. Press Secretary Jen Psaki snapped when reporter Steven Nelson, of the Post, questioned a trip Harris made to a Chicago bakery.
“So, while she was there, like many Americans, she got a snack. I think she’s allowed to do that,” Psaki said, according to Fox.