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Kamala Harris has arguably had the most disastrous week of her political career.
Harris had a tense exchange with Univision anchor Ilia Calderón over when she will visit the southern border.
During an interview on Thursday, Calderón pressed Harris on why she has not made a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to see the migrant crisis in person given Joe Biden appointed her to handle the disastrous situation.
“I’ve said I’m going to go to the border,” Harris said.
“When are you going to go to the border, Vice President?” the reporter asked.
“I’m not finished,” Kamala snapped as she awkwardly laughed and waved her finger at the Univision host.
“I’ve said I’m going to the border. And also if we are going to deal with the problems at the border, we have to deal with the problems that cause people to go to the border, to flee to the border. So my first trip as vice president of the United States was to go- in terms of a foreign trip- to Guatemala, to be on the ground there to address and to be informed of the root causes why are the people of Guatemala leaving,” Harris added.
“Do you have a date for your trip to the border?” Calderón followed.
“I will keep you posted,” Harris replied.
Harris’ first overseas trip has been nothing short of a total disaster.
Earlier in the week, Harris finally admitted what most people have known: she has no plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border.
During a press conference in Guatemala, Harris said she does not plan to visit the southern border because it would just be a “grand gesture” as opposed to a genuine trip.
“On the issues of Republicans’ political attacks or criticism or even concerns, the reason I am here in Guatemala as my first trip as vice president of the United States is that this is one of our highest priorities,” Harris said during a question and answer portion of her press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei.
“I came here to be here on the ground, to speak with the leader of this nation around what we can do in a way that is significant, is tangible, and has real results,” she continued.
“And I will continue to be focused on that kind of work as opposed to grand gestures,” she added.
Harris said she “believes” any migrants who attempt to enter the U.S. through non-legal channels will be turned away if they arrive at the border.
“I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home,” Harris said.
“At the same time, I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come,’ she said, and repeated for emphasis: “Do not come,” she added.
Harris’ first overseas trip to Guatemala is off to a terrible start.
First, Air Force 2 had to turn around and land because of a “technical issue.”
Then, Harris got embarrassed during a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei.
Giammattei reminded Harris to put on a face mask as she walked away from the lectern – and she obeyed.
This trip comes as Harris has been dragged for months about her failure to visit the Southern border or Central American nations.
Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott tore into Kamala Harris last month for her continued “failure” and refusal to visit the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
In a statement released to his website, Scott slammed Harris for only “flying over the border at 35,000 feet” while she met with other world leaders instead of addressing the Biden border crisis.
“While I welcome cooperation with Guatemala and Mexico, Biden and Harris have still not acknowledged the humanitarian and national security chaos their policies have created here in America,” Scott declared.
“They still refuse to actually go to the U.S. southern border, hear from our brave Customs and Border Protection agents and see the U.S. side of this crisis that their failed amnesty and open borders policies have created. It’s time for Harris and Biden to get down to the U.S. border and provide answers to the American people,” he concluded.