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Doocy vs. Psaki: Does The White House Believe It Would Not Be Helpful If Kamala Harris Visited The Border?


White House press secretary Jen Psaki faced reporters asking why Vice President Kamala Harris has not visited the U.S.-Mexico border at Tuesday's White House press briefing.

PETER DOOCY, FOX NEWS: Thank you. About the Vice President’s trip: Why is it then that when the Vice President is asked if she has plans to visit the border, she says, “We’ve been to the border,” even though she has not, as Vice President?

MS. PSAKI: Well, as the Vice President, she does speak for the actions of the people in the administration she certainly helps oversee. I expect that sometime she may go to the border, Peter. But as you know, what her focus has been, what the assignment is specifically, is to work with leaders in the Northern Triangle. She’s on a trip doing exactly that, exactly what the President asked her to do.

Q And, as we understand it though, her main focus is to try to address the root causes of migration. Did somebody decide here that it would not be helpful for her to go to the border and talk to people who just migrated here?

MS. PSAKI: Well, again, I think that at some point she may go to the border. We’ll see. But she’s in the Northern Triangle now to have discussions with leaders, with community leaders, with civil society leaders, with the embassy about how we can work together. And obviously she’s made a couple of announcements already — probably more to come before she comes back to the United States.

Q And she described though — you said she might go to the border — she described a trip to the border yesterday as a “grand gesture.” Why?

MS. PSAKI: Look, Peter, again, I think her focus of this trip is on meeting with leaders, having a discussion about how to address corruption, how to address the root causes, how to work together to address humanitarian challenges in these countries. That’s exactly what she’s doing on the ground, and I’m sure she’ll report back to the President when she returns.
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