Vice President Kamala Harris is heading to the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday
She’ll beat former President Donald Trump to the region by five days.
Trump announced last week he would be heading to Texas on June 30 to survey the border alongside the state’s Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
Harris took her first trip abroad earlier this month to Guatemala and Mexico to meet with government and community leaders about the migrants flowing into the U.S.
In an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt from Guatemala, Harris was asked why she hadn’t visited the border. ‘Why not see what Americans are seeing in this crisis?’ the newsman asked.
She first answered that why there’s ‘no question’ about the White House having to deal with what’s happening at the border ‘we have to understand that there’s a reason people are arriving at our border and ask what is that reason and then identify the problem so we can fix it.’
Holt then asked if Harris had anhy plans to visit the border.
‘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,’ she responded.
Holt pointed out, ‘You haven’t been to the border.’
‘And I haven’t been to Europe,’ the vice president said. ‘And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.’
The response was widely panned.