KAMALA Harris snapped at a journalist and started wagging her finger when she was being probed about when she will visit the US-Mexico border.
The vice president recently returned from trips to Guatemala and Mexico amid the migration crisis at the southern border.
Kamala Harris appeared flustered when she was being asked about when she will visit the southern border[/caption]
Harris is Biden’s “migration czar” and was repeatedly asked by Colombian reporter Ilia Calderon when she’s going to visit the border.
She said: “I’ve said I’m going to the border” before she was interrupted by the journalist.
The vice president snapped: “I’m not finished…” as she wagged her finger.
She added: “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 the border.”
Harris explained to the journalist that she visited Guatemala to be informed about the root causes of migration.
The reporter once asked Harris when she will visit the southern border.
Kamala Harris was appointed ‘migration czar’ by Biden and is responsible for managing the country’s southern border[/caption]
The VP refused to give a definitive date when asked when she will visit the border[/caption]
Kamala was being probed by the journalist after returning from Guatemala and Mexico[/caption]
She replied: “I will keep you posted.”
The awkward moment comes after the president of Guatemala blamed Washington for the migrant crisis, arguing Biden and Harris’ policies have encouraged the surge.
Alejandro Giammattei said the administration’s mixed and “lukewarm” messaging has “created the opportunity to misinterpret.”
Giammattei, who met with Harris this week, told Fox News: “What they said [in the US] is that they will promote family unification – so the coyotes took the children and teenagers to the US, and the order was full, not only with people from Guatemala.
“[That] is why our proposal is that messages should be clear. But if you have a lukewarm message, it only creates the opportunity to misinterpret.”
Kamala Harris urged illegal migrants ‘not to come’ to the US during a visit to Guatemala earlier this week[/caption]
A migrant mother from Guatemala kisses her three-month old baby after crossing the Rio Grande border[/caption]
Data showed border crossings last month are up 674 percent compared to May last year.
Over 180,000 migrants were recorded entering the US last month.
The White House has proposed to spend $4billion to address the “root causes of migration” in countries such as Guatemala and Honduras.
Harris met with Mexican premier Andrés Manuel López Obrador as they discussed increased border security measures and how to address the causes of migration.
She was slammed for laughing during an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt earlier this week.
The journalist asked Harris whether or not she has plans to visit the southern border.
Harris said: “I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border.
“So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”
Unaccompanied minors wait for assistance from border police after making the crossing across the Rio Grande valley[/caption]
Far-left congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused the US of setting Latin America on ‘fire’[/caption]
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.”
She added: “And I mean, I don’t – I don’t understand the point that you’re making.
“I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
The vice president urged migrants not to enter the US illegally during a visit to Guatemala on Monday.
She said: “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. Do not come.”
She then confirmed that anyone who flouted these instructions and arrived illegally would be “turned back.”
Democratic congresswoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez branded Harris’ statement as disappointing, accusing the United States of setting Latin America on fire.
She tweeted: “This is disappointing to see. First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100 [percent] legal method of arrival.
“Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing.”
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she “expects” Harris will visit the border in the future.
She said: “What her focus has been, what the assignment is specifically, is to work with leaders in the Northern Triangle.
“Her focus of this trip is on meeting with leaders, having a discussion about how to address corruption, how to address root causes, how to work together to address humanitarian challenges in these countries.”