Vice President Kamala Harris has become well known for her bizarre habit of bursting into laughter when confronted with difficult questions.
As the Washington Examiner reported, her go-to reaction was once again on display this weekend when reporters pressed her about President Joe Biden’s completely botched U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan that led to the Taliban taking over the country inside of two weeks.
The Harris cackle
Harris, who is currently on a tour of Southeast Asia, was seen in viral video footage approaching a group of journalists who were on an airport tarmac as she exited her plane.
Reporter: “What’s your response to reports of Americans—“
Kamala Harris: “Hold on. Hold on. Slow down everybody. Hahaha. Um, I want to talk about two things. First, Afghanistan — we couldn’t have a higher priority right now.”pic.twitter.com/oUv9yAtDfk
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) August 22, 2021
When a reporter began questioning Harris about the plight of American citizens who remain trapped in Afghanistan, the vice president cut her off with a signature cackle.
“Hold on. Hold on. Slow down, everybody. Hahaha,” Harris said. “Um, I want to talk about two things. First, Afghanistan — we couldn’t have a higher priority right now.”
“And a particular high priority is making sure that we safely evacuate American citizens, Afghans who worked with us, Afghans at risk, including women and children,” Harris continued. “And that is one of our highest if not the highest priority right now.”
The Biden administration has admitted that it does not know the exact number of U.S. citizens who are stuck behind Taliban lines although the number is believed to be in the thousands.
“We cannot give you a precise number,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, according to Fox News. “We believe it is several thousand Americans who we are working with now to try to get safely out of the country.”
Although the United States has conducted extremely limited missions to rescue American citizens outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport, Fox Business reported last week that some Americans were extracted by British forces.
Making matters worse for both Harris and Biden is the looming threat posed by Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda terrorists, both of which have, at the very least, a presence in Afghanistan. Because of the new threat, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned all Americans in Afghanistan to “avoid” making their way to the airport for now.
With an Aug. 31 deadline to evacuate all Americans and Afghan allies from the country, the coming week could be the worst leg of this debacle yet.