Conservatives were not alone in their criticism of Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to Guatemala and Mexico — even the White House was reportedly “perplexed.”
The trip served to address the “root causes” of the surging illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, where 180,000 illegal aliens were stopped in the month of May alone — the highest in 21 years, Fox News reported.
When pressed by NBC’s Lester Holt earlier this week on why she still has not been to the Southern border after President Joe Biden tapped her to handle the crisis 78 days ago, Harris floundered.
“And I haven’t been to Europe,” Harris said. “I don’t understand the point that you’re making.”
This response - among other answers to seemingly obvious questions - had Harris squirming, and left White House insiders "perplexed" by her performance, as reported during comments on CNN.
During her trip, Harris met with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, both of whom have slammed the White House’s lackadaisical handling of the border.
Giammattei credited the increased illegal immigration to the administration’s “lukewarm message.”
“[That] is why our proposal is that messages should be clear,” he told Fox News. “But if you have a lukewarm message, it only creates the opportunity to misinterpret.”
Obrador’s message echoed that of Giammattei’s, saying that the illegal immigrants see Biden as the “migrant president,” according to the New York Post.
“Expectations were created that with the government of President Biden there would be a better treatment of migrants,” Obrador said, placing the blame at the feet of the Biden administration. “And this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so.”