Kamala Harris‘ unfortunate week came to a depressing end on Sunday, when her trip to Guatemala and Mexico – the first foreign visit as vice president – was classed as a deep disappointment by a CNN panel.

Harris, tasked by President Joe Biden with working to stem soaring migration levels, found herself mocked for being unable to answer the obvious question as to when she would visit the U.S.-Mexico border. To her visible irritation, she was asked multiple times when she would go and see for herself – and each time, she stumbled over an answer.

‘It’s just a little cringeworthy, and I know that her allies in the White House and elsewhere are watching it and just kind of wondering what is going on,’ said Abby Phillip, host of CNN’s Inside Politics Sunday show.

Panelist Laura Barron-Lopez, a CNN Political Analyst, agreed that it was a failure.

‘It didn’t go the way the White House wanted it to go,’ she said.

‘Again, immigration, as you mention, is a hot potato no one wants to touch, and Harris has been dealt it and so she has to handle now what Biden had to handle when he was VP which is relationships with the northern triangle.’

In particular, the panel were dismayed at Harris’ interview with Lester Holt of NBC.

‘At some point, you know, we are going to the border,’ she told Holt. ‘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.’

He replied: ‘You haven’t been to the border.’

‘And I haven’t been to Europe,’ Harris snapped, then quickly laughed.

‘And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.’

Migrant numbers are on track this year to reach highs not seen since 2006.

Washington Post reporter Olivier Knox said it was baffling that she was not better prepared.

‘To be clear, she was going to be asked this question,’ he said.

‘And the fact that they didn’t have something better than ‘I haven’t been to Europe’ is fairly notable.’

Harris has faced strong criticism for her performance on Monday and Tuesday in Latin America.

Axios on Sunday evening reported that part of the problem was that there were issues with how she prepares.

Harris is ‘intensely intellectually curious,’ one former aide told the site, which often sends briefings into a ‘rabbit hole’ on topics that may not necessarily be relevant to the appearance or interview at hand.

The source also said she only listens to a select group of people, most prominently her sister, Maya.

‘If somebody doesn’t knock it out of the park their first time, then they will always have a tough time,’ a former aide said.

‘And so that often leads to the people who she relies on the most being in charge of leading prep on everything, which is impossible to do well, regardless of who you are.’

Harris’ trip came amid mounting concern about the number of arrivals along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Border crossings have exploded, rising 674 per cent in May 2021 compared to May 2020.

Authorities recorded 180,034 migrants crossing into the U.S. last month.

That represented a slight increase over the approximately 178,000 migrants encountered in April, and the 172,000 encountered in March.

In February, roughly 100,000 migrants illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into the United States.

Single adults still represented the majority of border-crossers, data from the U.S. Border Patrol showed.

In May there was a decrease in the number of unaccompanied minors, from roughly 16,910 to 13,906, Border Patrol found.

CBP also said that a majority of those who crossed the border were already expelled due to Title 42, which allows the U.S. government to quickly remove people using the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the 180,034 crossers, 112,302 had already been expelled.

CBP also pointed out, according to Fox News, that Title 42 is leading people to try to cross the border more than once, which could also factor into the high numbers.

Axios reported Tuesday that preliminary CBP data from the fiscal year 2021 showed that illegal crossings have been the most since 2006 – with four months still to go.

Additionally on Tuesday the Department of Health and Human Services reported that 16,200 children were still in custody, which is 50 per cent higher than the levels in March.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra appeared before the Ways and Means Committee to face questions on the border crisis.

Biden has promised to reunite families separated during the Trump administration and to expedite processing unaccompanied minors who arrived at the border in the last few months.

However, a new report from Biden’s task force on reuniting families indicates that 2,127 children have ‘not yet been reunified’ with their parents.

On March 24, President Joe Biden announced: ‘I’ve asked her, the VP, today — because she’s the most qualified person to do it — to lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle and the countries that are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming the migration to our southern border.’

Harris has insisted since then – but especially this week – that her focus is on the root causes of migration, rather than dealing with the crisis at the border.

CNN reported that officials were concerned within the administration that whatever progress Harris had made on the leader-to-leader level might have been undermined by her conflicting answers and PR missteps.

‘It’s left some of the administration officials perplexed, and the vice president’s team frustrated,’ the network reported on Wednesday.

‘There was hope the trip would be a success, and in the end, they feel it may have been overshadowed by some of her answers to these questions.’

On Thursday, she raised further eyebrows during an interview with Univision, snapping at a reporter once again when asked why as ‘border czar’ she hadn’t been to the site.

Harris spoke to Colombian journalist Ilia Calderon, an anchor with the Miami-based network, the day after her return from Mexico and Guatemala, where she spoke to presidents of both countries about ways to curtail soaring arrivals at the border.

‘I’ve said I’m going to the border,’ said Harris, visibly irritated.

‘And I – ‘

Calderon, speaking via video link, interrupted and asked: ‘When are you going?’

Harris continued saying: ‘The administration has asked…’

She paused, hearing Calderon’s question, and replied curtly: ‘I’ve not finished.

‘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 to the border.

Calderon asked: ‘Do you have a date for your trip to the border, to see the situation with your own eyes?’

Harris replied: ‘I will keep you posted.’

Her rebuke of Calderon, with a terse ‘I’ve not finished’, bore echoes of her dismissal of Mike Pence, when he attempted to interrupt her during their vice presidential debate last October.

‘I’m speaking,’ she reprimanded him, with a smile, before continuing her point.

The moment became a meme, and ‘I’m speaking’ was emblazed on t-shirts worn by Biden-Harris supporters.

This time round, the put down was less celebrated.

On Tuesday, in Mexico City, she had been asked the same question, and responded that it was ‘short-sighted’ to focus on the border when dealing with migration.

‘I think it’s short-sighted, for any of us who are in the business of problem solving to suggest we’re only going to respond to the reaction as opposed to addressing the cause,’ she said.

It echoed her earlier comments in Guatemala, where she characterized such a visit as being for show.

‘I came here to be here on the ground, to speak with the leader of this nation around what we can do in a way that is significant, is tangible and has real results,’ she said.

‘And I will continue to be focused on that kind of work as opposed to grand gestures.’

23 thoughts on “CNN Goes After Kamala Harris”
  1. Why doesn’t she just go? Seems it would settle things. Really, what’s the problem? Why is she stalling? Why is it either or instead of both seeing first hand before talking to the countries officials. What is she afraid of?

  2. This is what you get when you have an incompetent give another incompetent the job that you can’t do and then she is rude, inexperienced & snarky! Doesn’t look very good for the USA around the world! All leaders know how vulnerable we are now. We better be demanding much more accountability and actions that uphold our constitution or & laws, not dismiss them. SAD

  3. The press is nuts about the visit to the border. WhaT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THEM. A photo op at the border is republican BS. trump gummed up the border crisis and instead of calling him out they press on a ridiculous visit to the border. Grow up people.

    1. There was no problem at the border until jabbering joe was put into office and stopped the wall. jerkin jabbering joe and kokokamalahiena harris tearing down the US one day at a time. Executive Orders, deeply indebt, selling his soul for things untold….

    2. It’s not grown up to say that the “root causes” are unknown when the federal government has had decades to study the problem. And billions of taxpayer dollars.
      We all know the problem is a lack of work ethic and a lot of dishonest politicians who steal from the public.
      Why are Japan and South Korea doing much better???????
      Because there are adults there and they work and don’t steal.

  4. Where is the Democratic Representation for the REAL Citizens of America???
    They do NOT seem to CARE WHO are coming into this country???? OR WHERE THEY ARE FROM OR IF THEY are
    Are they even Tested for COVID???

    Perhaps if All Illegal immigrants are given to them at their Offices or Homes to care for, then they may take a look
    at what they are doing to the real Citizens who pay TAXES & thus their salaries!!!

  5. And what answer did the participants of the CNN program expect to hear from Kamala Harris, considering that Harris managed to lose to absolutely all the participants in the debate for the position of vice president. Kamala Harris is an absolute loser, however, as well as the not quite healthy president of America.

  6. geez–she hasn’t been to the border
    she hasn’t been to europe
    she hasn’t been to the gallows either –
    but we have high hopes-

  7. Apparently CNN has got a lot of idiots working for him everybody in this country except them know that the Democratic party is not going to do anything to stop illegals from coming in we’ve already lined up jobs and welfare form before they even got here they created problem CNN has not figured out the Democrat party or socialist and they’re giving this country away I don’t know why CNN is so upset you’re exactly the same thing as the Democrat party they seem clueless idiots they’re being bought off by every other country at the taxpayers expense


    1. Yes, but those “poor families” made the choices that put themselves in that situation. They chose to travel to the border. Most come to better there lives and anchor their children in America…. sorry but that’s not a good enough reason.. especially when Democrat’s are turning away Cubans because they know most vote Republican. This will not stop until our leadership is changed and we stop bleeding billions at the border. We need to close our borders to 90% of the people trying to cross and use the saved tax dollars to help change the countries where these people are fleeing from in the first place.

    2. We are all aware about the people crossing our border and their situation. My question is: where are these 10’s of thousands being placed. Where are they being sent to. What is there for them when they arrive at their destination. These people are going to be slaves to government handouts for the next hundred years like the black people were freed from physical slavery. The Democrats are molding them to be grateful for their freedom in the US and to vote for them. Blacks have finally seen the light and don’t follow the Party like they once did. They realized they were captives of the Government welfare system. Democrats are losing the black vote so they have to flood the Country with new voters. That’s one of the reasons they don’t support voter ID and other methods of honesty at the polls.

  9. WHY is the first thing I see upon opening this story a petition asking for signatures to prosecute President Trump? The same petition request is again repeated further down in the article. This doesn’t seem to be a viable option to have on a “patriots 4 for freedom” article. Hopefully this was a mistake, but if it’s all about the money you should change your name!

  10. While everyone is caught up in the joke at the border. Democrats continue to lie and will continue to lie about the border crisis – in the meantime under everyone’s noses the communists are slowly and surely taking over the military. Integration in the military will surely break it down with Afro-Americans taking over vulnerable positions. CRT pushed all cadets and most of the leaders in the military are all corrupt. Sorry people communism is at the doorstep and no one is here to do anything about it

  11. While everyone is caught up in the joke at the border. Democrats continue to lie and will continue to lie about the border crisis – in the meantime under everyone’s noses the communists are slowly and surely taking over the military. Integration in the military will surely break it down with Afro-Americans taking over vulnerable positions. CRT pushed all cadets and most of the leaders in the military are all corrupt. Sorry people communism is at the doorstep and no one is here to do anything about it

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