Vice President Kamala Harris appears to be missing in action.
After being put in charge of managing the crisis at the southern border by President Joe Biden, Harris has gone 11 days without holding a press conference, Fox News reports. For a vice president already facing charges of incompetence, hiding from the press on her first signature assignment is nothing short of an indictment on that count.
Biden picks Harris
While Harris has fielded questions from the media, she “has yet to hold a formal news conference” since her tenure as VP began and since Biden tapped her to lead his administration’s response to the border crisis, Fox reports.
Biden’s announcement on that front came late last month.
“It’s our responsibility to deal with [the surge in migration] humanely…and to stop what’s happening,” the president said, according to a White House transcript.
“This increase has been consequential, but the vice president has agreed — among the multiple other things that I have her leading, and I appreciate it — [Harris has] agreed to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept…the returnees, and enhance migration enforcement at their borders,” he added.
“The diplomatic effort”
Since then, however, there have been some mixed messages about exactly what Harris’ role is.
Symone Sanders, Harris’ press secretary, has said that “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.”
As Breitbart notes, this totally ignores the enforcement aspect of Biden’s request. But it now seems to be the White House’s official position that Harris is simply leading diplomatic efforts to address the “root causes” of immigration — which is to say that she is not working to get the current and ongoing situation under control.
“Just doesn’t care”
It all comes as Republicans including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey have criticized Biden’s choice of Harris to lead the effort. Soon after his pick was announced, Ducey called Harris “the worst possible choice” for the role, the New York Post reported.
“If President Biden’s intent was to show that he’s taking this issue seriously, he’s really done the exact opposite,” the governor added. “[Biden has] completely trivialized the issue by putting someone in charge who flat out just doesn’t care.”