Vice President Kamala Harris returned from her Singapore and Vietnam diplomacy tour on Thursday, landing in Honolulu, Hawaii, and inexplicably blocking reporters from asking her any questions concerning Afghanistan while meeting with troops.
After debarking Air Force Two, the vice president ignored reporters’ questions as she was greeted by Adm. Sam Paparo, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, talking for two minutes before walking toward the awaiting motorcade vehicles that proceeded to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. She proceeded to block reporters from attending her address to troops at the base as well.
Harris did not address any questions 12 hours after two catastrophic explosions outside the airport in Kabul killed 13 U.S. service members and 60 to 100 Afghans. An Islamic State affiliate reportedly claimed responsibility.
“The VP’s staff informed the pool during the flight that her event with troops at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam would now be closed press. No explanation given by the VP’s team for why it has been changed to closed press when asked by a member of the pool,” a dispatch said, according to the Washington Examiner.
(Video Credit: KHON2 News)
Her original schedule said the vice president would “participate in a troop engagement event at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam” and that there would be “travel pool coverage of this event.”
The Pearl Harbor stop was scheduled prior to Thursday’s deadly terrorist attacks. Harris also nixed a scheduled meeting in San Francisco with California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom who is in the middle of being recalled. Optics were likely at play in both matters.
Harris also met with Gov. David Ige and congressional members of the Hawaii Delegation, according to KHON2 News. Rep. Ed Case attended the private meeting with Harris.
“We extended to her our full sense of loss on behalf of Hawaii and our delegation to carry with her back to Washington,” Case remarked. “And of course, our commitment as well to continue to help out wherever we can.”
“These are our friends and allies, these are the interpreters to our troops, these are the folks that worked with our military and civilian in Afghanistan,” Case noted. “And these are exactly the folks that need to leave Afghanistan now.”
Following meeting with the troops and thanking them for their service in Pearl Harbor, Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff flew back to Washington, D.C. No questions were taken on departure.
Harris issued a statement hours following the bloody events in Afghanistan.
“Today in Kabul, a terror attack killed 13 American service members. These courageous service members died while saving countless lives. They are heroes,” she tweeted Thursday evening.
Today in Kabul, a terror attack killed 13 American service members. These courageous service members died while saving countless lives. They are heroes.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) August 27, 2021
“Doug and I grieve for the Americans we lost, we pray for the Americans injured in the attack, and our hearts go out to their loved ones. We also grieve for the Afghan civilians killed and injured,” Harris stated. “Our country is grateful to our women and men in uniform, and in particular, those working today to get Americans and our Afghan partners out of harm’s way. We will complete that mission. Today, we honor those who gave their lives in service to their nation. We will never forget.”
Our country is grateful to our women and men in uniform, and in particular, those working today to get Americans and our Afghan partners out of harm’s way. We will complete that mission. Today, we honor those who gave their lives in service to their nation. We will never forget.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) August 27, 2021
Harris’ office issued a statement on the Pearl Harbor stop. She “addressed 25 members of the military representing the six active-duty service branches and National Guard, thanking them for their service,” the statement claimed. “She and the Second Gentleman then talked individually with each service member.”
President Biden also held a press conference addressing the terrorist attacks, vowing to hunt down the terrorists who were responsible. However, many doubt that assertion. There is widespread rage among veterans, on social media, and across America growing over Biden’s deadly mishandling of the Afghanistan troop drawdown and evacuation.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 27, 2021
There is a lot of anger out there aimed at both Harris and Biden over Afghanistan:
You and Biden are responsible. I hope you get thrown out.
— Russ (@TheBigRuss77) August 27, 2021
— Politically Stripped ™️ 🇺🇸🗽 (@politstrip) August 27, 2021
That’s not good enough. Someone has to pay.
— Rocco (@RoccoMorganIII) August 27, 2021
What does it feel like being a heartbeat away from incompetence ? pic.twitter.com/kh5VRqC5Co
— Igor Schatz (@Copernicus2013) August 27, 2021
12 hours later
— Black Genius (@black_privilege) August 27, 2021
I’ve never seen such a shambles. Take ownership of it and sort this mess out including helping those that are stranded.
— BarkingMad (@Barking18578858) August 27, 2021
And another way to say this, is they died after being cornered in a small airport after being left tactically disadvantaged by you and joe…
— The Ghost of Nugget Past (@Turbonugget13) August 27, 2021
It shouldn’t have happened like this
— The Masked OWL (@mikeredes) August 27, 2021
This is on you and Joe! Hope you can sleep tonight, there will be several servicemen’s families that won’t. May God bless them!
— jlane (@e66434460) August 27, 2021
You put them in harms way !
— Dhiraj (@dhiraj7512) August 27, 2021
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