Kamala Harris blasted for only agreeing to visit border because Trump did as GOP warns she'll 'sugarcoat disaster'June 23, 2021
KAMALA Harris was blasted for her delayed decision to visit the US-Mexico border shortly after Donald Trump announced his plans to go.
Harris – who was tasked with addressing the crisis this year and has yet to visit the border – has decided to go to El Paso on Friday, it was reported today – but Republicans warned she may "sugarcoat" reality.
Sen Lindsey Graham weighed in on her reported plans after Trump also trolled her eleventh-hour decision.
Sen Lindsey Graham wrote: "No doubt in my mind that Vice President Harris’s long-overdue visit to the U.S.-Mexico border was prompted by President Trump’s decision to visit the border next week.
"The Biden/Harris team could not afford to allow Trump to visit the border first. Great job, President Trump.
"Only question is, what will the takeaways be from VP Harris’s visit? Will she come back with a dose of reality, or will she try to sugarcoat the disaster?"
Following the news, Trump slammed the Vice President in a statement, saying she "ignoring" the crisis for months and said he hoped she saw "the tremendous destruction and death that they've created."
Last week, Trump said that he accepted an invitation from Texas Governor Greg Abbott to visit the nation's "decimated" southern border at the end of the month – and today, Politico reported that Harris will follow suit.
Abbott also weighed in on the news of Harris' arrival, tweeting: "After 91 days of being Border Czar, VP Harris is not even going where the crisis is taking place! Interesting timing…"
Rep Jim Jordan wrote: "Thank you President Trump for getting Vice President Harris to finally go to the southern border. She would never go without you announcing your trip first."
Joe Biden's press secretary also acknowledged that Harris would be visiting the border because the situation was not "under control," telling reporters
Earlier, Trump claimed it was a "direct result of Biden ending my very tough but fair Border policies," he said. "Harris and Biden were given the strongest Border in American history.
"And now, it is by far the worst in American history. If Governor Abbott and I weren't going there next week, she would have never gone!"
“El Paso is a lovely city. Beautiful place in Texas. It is also not—does not happen to be the locus of the crisis… So she is going where the height of the problem isn’t,” Sen Ted Cruz told Fox News.
"I have accepted the invitation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to join him on an official visit to our Nation's decimated Southern Border on Wednesday, June 30, 2021," a statement announcing his trip said.
“Complete mistake—Kamala Harris will find some way to make the crisis worse,” he wrote.
The former president said that the US went from having "border security that was the envy of the world" to a "lawless border" that is pitied around the world.
He went on to slam Biden and Kamala Harris for not visiting the Southern border or the "ICE heroes risking their lives to defend our Nation at a time when the White House is doing everything it can to make their jobs totally impossible."
The Biden administration has been widely slammed for the influx of migrants attempting to cross the US border in recent months.
Earlier this month, Harris chuckled during an interview with NBC Newsjust hours before she was meeting with Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Anchor Lester Holt asked Harris whether or not she has plans to visit the US-Mexico border.
"I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We've been to the border," Harris replied.
"So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We've been to the border. We've been to the border."
When she was reminded by the journalist that she has not personally visited the border, Harris laughed and said "I haven't been to Europe."
"And I mean, I don't – I don't understand the point that you're making," she said, before insisting. "I'm not discounting the importance of the border."
She also told Holt that "there is not going to be a quick fix" for the problems at the border, adding "we are not going to see an immediate return."
"The real work is going to take time to manifest itself. Will it be worth it? Yes. Will it take some time? Yes," she said.
It comes just two months after Harris laughed when she was asked if she has plans to visit the border.
"Not today," Harris responded to the question before bursting out into laughter outside of Air Force One. "But I have before, and I'm sure I will again."
The former California senator offered the response during a visit to Jacksonville, Florida, to promote the passage of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, known as the America Rescue Plan.
Video of the exchange quickly spread to social media, eliciting the ire of Republicans who blasted Harris for not treating the border situation with the seriousness it deserves.
"While VP Harris laughs off a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions, Republicans are focused on securing the border and responding to the needs of our Border Patrol agents on the front lines," House Minority Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy wrote on Twitter.
Similarly, Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko added: "First, the Biden Administration refused to admit the situation at the border is a crisis, NOW Kamala Harris thinks this is a laughing matter.
"It isn't a laughing matter for the border communities being deluged by illegal immigrants."
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