White House: That thing about Kamala Harris ‘doing the border’ – we didn’t mean it

Vice President Harris appeared to backpedal on Friday in regards to her assignment from President Biden to handle the border crisis when a top aide claimed that she will not be “doing the border.”

“The Vice President is not doing the border,” the aide bluntly told reporters. “The president asked the vice president to take on the diplomatic efforts with Mexico and …the Northern Triangle to address the root causes of migration.”

Harris will fill an ostensibly diplomatic role that will focus on the exploding number of illegal aliens coming across the U.S. border from the Northern Triangle. That would include El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras as $7 billion is allegedly earmarked for these countries to help handle the border crisis.

“There are many reasons that move these folks to make this dangerous journey,” senior advisor Symone Sanders stated, repeating virtually the same talking points presented by Biden in his first presser on Thursday. “This is not work that will be addressed overnight.”

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“This is a challenging situation… but it’s diplomatic work that needs to be done, and Vice President Harris is looking forward to doing it,” she continued. “You can expect she will be speaking with leaders from the region in the near future.”

Senior administration officials told reporters that Harris would be “picking up the mantle” of Biden’s 2014 goal of strengthening borders across the continent.

According to Sanders, Harris was briefed on Thursday by a delegation of White House officials returning from Mexico. During that trip, they met with top officials and conducted talks that a senior Biden aide called “constructive.”

Harris is under a white-hot spotlight as Republicans travel to the border to view facilities housing unaccompanied illegal immigrant children. Disturbing photographs appear to show these children packed into pods at far overcapacity.

Approximately 12,000 children are reportedly in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. Attention is also focused on the thousands of illegal immigrants flooding the border with allegedly little to no resistance.

“After visiting the facilities where these kids are being kept, that are close to my daughter’s age, the stories we are hearing are beyond horrifying that’s happening to these young girls,” Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith proclaimed on Friday during a news conference in Mission, Texas.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared that Harris was the “worst possible choice,” informing reporters in Tucson that the president had “completely trivialized the issue by putting someone in charge who flat-out just doesn’t care.”

“At no point in her career has [Harris] given any indication that she considers the border a problem or a serious threat,” Ducey bluntly stated. “If President Biden’s intent was to show that he’s taking this issue seriously, he’s really done the exact opposite.”

Sanders stated that while the vice president intends to travel to the border at some point in the future, she has no current plans to do so.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had this to say on Biden and Harris handling the catastrophe at the border: “My reaction to that appointment is, is, wow, Joe Biden really doesn’t like Kamala Harris. This border crisis is the biggest political mess Joe Biden has.

“It threatens to derail the entire administration. So what does he do? He looks to his vice president and says, you take it. It’s your problem now, and listen, unfortunately, she is not going to be able to solve this crisis. Why? Because they’ve created this crisis because of their political partisan commitments that they can’t back away from,” he told Fox News Thursday on “America’s Newsroom.”

“So why are we having this crisis at the border? Because when Joe Biden got elected, the first thing he did was stop construction of the border wall. He reinstituted ‘Catch and Release,’ the failed policy, so that now when we detain illegal immigrants, we let them go. We give them a court date sometime in the future, and many of them never show up, and he ended the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, which was this incredibly successful foreign policy accomplishment where the Trump administration had negotiated with Mexico that illegal immigrants from Central America would remain in Mexico while their asylum proceedings were moving forward. All of those had produced real success,” Cruz explained.

“But because the Democrats campaigned on saying ICE is evil, securing the border is wrong because the Democrats support open borders. Kamala Harris doesn’t have anything to do other than go down there and let everybody go. I mean, that’s the only option that is consistent with the political promises she’s made, and I’ll tell you, representing the state of Texas, we are seeing illegal immigrants being released in Harlingen, Texas,” the senator continued.

“The illegal immigrants they’re releasing are testing positive for COVID-19 at a seven times higher rate than the U.S. population. It is a humanitarian crisis. It’s a public health crisis, and it’s a national security crisis,” Cruz concluded.

Former President Trump is considering a trip to the border as well: “I think there’s a very fine line between calling someone out on policies and then appearing to do something that’s showboating or give Joe Biden an opportunity to point and say, ‘See this isn’t serious, look at President Trump down at the border making a scene out of this,’” Trump aide Jason Miller noted on “The Michael Berry Show” Thursday.

“And so not immediately but I could see a trip at some point in the future here. But it is something that President Trump is really concerned about,” Miller concluded.

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