Vice President Kamala Harris ignited a firestorm online on Tuesday morning after she claimed during an interview with NBC News that the administration has been to the border amid President Joe Biden’s border crisis, which prompted quick pushback from host Lester Holt.
What?! Kamala Harris is not serious about addressing the border crisis their policies created.— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) June 8, 2021
HARRIS: "We've been the border."
HOLT: "YOU haven't been to the border."
HARRIS: "… and I haven't been to Europe. I don't understand the point…"pic.twitter.com/koDjvA2SDf
“Do you have any plans to visit the border?” Holt asked.
“At some point, you know, we are going to the border, we’ve been to the border,” Harris claimed. “So this whole, this whole, this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”
“You haven’t been to the border,” Holt responded.
“And I haven’t been to Europe,” Harris responded.
Below are some of the responses to Harris’ remarks:
LESTER HOLT: Why will it be successful this time if it wasn’t in the past?
KAMALA HARRIS: Well, I think there was success about what happened in the past. And again, when you look at what we’re doing now you’re seeing progress. And so let’s not overlook progress.
HOLT: Let me just quickly put a button. Do you have any plans to visit the border?
HARRIS: At some point, you know, we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border. So this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.
HOLT: You haven’t been to the border.
HARRIS: And I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.
HOLT: Well, I mention it because I know Republicans have certainly come at you on this. But Democratic Congressman Cuellar, has a border district, has said to you and president, “Come. You need, you need to see this.
HARRIS: I care about, listen, I care about what’s happening at the border. I’m in Guatemala because my focus is on dealing with the root causes of migration. There may be some who think that that is not important, but it is my firm belief that if we care about what’s happening at the border, we better care about the root causes and address them. And so that’s what I’m doing.