Did they have to promise her a trip to Europe, where she hasn’t been, to finally persuade the vice president to travel to the southern border?
According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Harris didn’t make this long overdue visit before now because it wasn’t “the appropriate time.” Presumably now is. But what makes this the right time to go?
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Is it because former Pres. Donald Trump has announced he will be visiting the border next Wednesday, and the current administration doesn’t want to appear one-upped by the last guy? Is it because the number of illegal aliens who die while attempting the treacherous crossing is growing, which reflects poorly on an administration that is already receiving low marks for its handling of the border crisis?
Whatever the answer, Harris’s destination, El Paso, is 790 miles from the epicenter of the crisis, which is situated around McAllen, Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott noted in a tweet that “after 91 days of being Border Czar, VP Harris is not even going where the crisis is taking place!” Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn also weighed in with a map illustrating where Harris was headed juxtaposed with where the “action” is, in the Rio Grande Valley.
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) June 23, 2021