Kamala Harris admitted her inability to leave Washington DC as often as her predecessor was a significant “failure” of her vice-presidency. She conceded the ongoing coronavirus pandemic played a key role in the scaled-back travel plans to visit more wider areas of the United States. Detractors of the US Vice President have been lamenting for months her neglecting the border with Mexico despite the growing pressure and Joe Biden tasking her specifically to tackle the issue of uncontrolled migration from Latin America.
CBS Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan challenged Ms. Harris in a pre-recorded interview set to be broadcast on Sunday.
Ms Brennan said: “What do you think, as you come to the end of this first year, what do you think your biggest failure has been at this point?”
The US Vice-President said: “To not get out of DC more.
“I mean, and I actually mean that sincerely for a number of reasons.
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“You know, I, we, the president and I came in, you know, COVID had already started.
“It was, the pandemic had started. And when we came in we really couldn’t travel.”
Ms Harris continued: “You know, a large part of the relationship that he and I have built has been being in this, you know, together in the same office for hours on end, doing Zooms or whatever because we couldn’t get out of DC.
“And on issues that are about fighting for anything from voting rights to child care, to one of the issues that I care deeply about, maternal health.
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Texas Dem Representative Henry Cuellar told The New York Times: “She was tasked with that job, it doesn’t look like she’s very interested in this.
“So we are going to move on to other folks that work on this issue.”
The Vice-President did visit Guatemala and Mexico in June to discuss with local officials the “root causes” behind the increasing number of migrants seeking to cross the border into the US.
She also visited Vietnam, Singapore, and Japan to show the US support to its Pacific allies amid growing tension in the region because of Chinese hostility.
And Ms Harris also visited France to meet with Emmanuel Macron in a bid to pacify the French president after his country was snubbed from a new military partnership between the US, the UK, and Australia – the so-called Aukus pact.