Vice President Kamala Harris finally took her first foreign trip, with a schedule that takes her first to Guatemala and then to Mexico in an attempt to explore the “root causes” of the migration issue.
However, according to the Washington Examiner, the vice president didn’t receive much of a warm welcome upon her arrival in the “Northern Triangle” country of Guatemala, as a mass of supporters of former President Donald Trump taunted her with signs containing pro-Trump messages and other unflattering slogans about the vice president.
Conservative Guatemalans speak out
A number of photos of the pro-Trump crowd that gathered to protest Harris’ trip had quite a bit to say about their feelings concerning her trip. Some protesters held up signs that read, “Kamala, Trump won,” with others reading, “Kamala stop funding criminals.”
The “stop funding criminals” sign was likely a reference to the vice president’s offering of billions in American aid to the Central American country, which, like other countries in the area, have their fair share of corrupt political leaders.
Mira como nuestros hermanos guatemaltecos recibieron a Kamala Harris.
— El Nuevo Estado (@eInuevoestado) June 7, 2021
The protesters appeared during the vice president’s motorcade trip to a bilateral meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, where she was scheduled to talk primarily about the northward migration and what the United States can do to stem the surge of migrants fleeing the country.
On Monday, Harris is scheduled to also talk to local community leaders and female entrepreneurs, followed by her departure for similar meetings in Mexico.
The vice president’s first trip out of the United States got off to a somewhat rocky start, as according to Reuters, her trip was delayed after Air Force 2 experienced what was reported as “technical issues.”
Though specifics concerning the issues were unclear at the time of this writing, they were apparently serious enough to force Harris and her traveling companions to return to Joint Base Andrews to switch planes.
“I’m good. I’m good,” Harris told reporters regarding the news of the delay. “We all said a little prayer but we’re good.”
As NPR reported, Harris’s trip comes just before President Joe Biden, after four months in office, is set to make his first international trip. The president will head to Europe where he’ll visit a number of countries, first meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss climate change, trade, and other issues.
Later in the week, Biden will attend the G7 summit, where he’ll reportedly attempt to drum up support from member nations to help poorer nations deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.