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Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff were seen walking on Sunday in Washington, D.C. after the vice president took a suspicious overnight trip to California over the weekend.
“The Second Couple was captured in images taking advantage of the 85 degrees, sunny day in the capital. Tattoos on his inner left arm spelled out his son Cole’s and daughter Ella’s names. The couple was followed closely behind by a contingent of Secret Service agents,” Fox News reported.
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Harris took off at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for a mysterious trip to California on Friday and returned Saturday.
“The White House has been tight-lipped about the reason for the cross-country jaunt, and there was nothing listed on her public schedule,” Fox News reported.
“Media were barred from covering her arrival at Palm Springs International Airport but her motorcade had a heavy police presence. Harris jetted off for California as President Biden traveled to Capitol Hill on Friday to press Democrats to keep his legislative agenda alive after infighting threatened to scuttle his $1.2 infrastructure plan and its companion, the $3.5 trillion social spending package,” Fox added.
“Vice President Kamala Harris arrived at Palm Springs International Airport shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, though a White House spokesperson was mum on reasons for the non-public visit,” The Desert Sun said of the trip.
“The vehicle Harris rode in was escorted by city police around 7:30 p.m. off of Ramon Road. Fewer than a dozen drivers were stopped to allow the vice president’s caravan to pass,” it said.
The trip comes after Harris has come under scrutiny for her interaction with a student during a recent trip.
Kamala Harris’s office is trying to play clean-up after she was seen on video earlier this week when she appeared to nod her head when a student made derogatory comments about Israel.
Harris visited George Mason University to promote voter registration, but during the visit, she stopped by a class to take questions.
One of the students characterized Israel’s actions toward Palestinians as “an ethnic genocide and a displacement of people.”
In a video of the exchange, Harris was seen nodding her head, which is commonly a sign of agreement.
Now, Harris’s team is playing clean-up and trying to justify her actions.
Her team began reaching out to the heads of several leading Jewish organizations after those leaders reached out to the White House to express their concerns, two people with direct knowledge of the conversations said. Harris’ deputy national security adviser Phil Gordon and Herbie Ziskend, the vice president’s deputy communications director, led the outreach, the sources said, making clear that Harris’s silence did not equate agreement with the students’ claims of “ethnic genocide.”
Harris’ team reached out to the heads of at least three organizations: the Democratic Majority for Israel, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Anti-Defamation League.
“This was touching base with her friends and allies and supporters who know that she’s very strong in her commitment to defending Israel and defending Israel’s security,” the source familiar with Harris’ added.
“There’s a recognition that the impression left by her failure to correct the student is problematic and does not reflect her commitment to a strong US-Israel relationship, nor that of the President and the Administration,” William Daroff, the CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told CNN.