Vice President Kamala Harris was asked by a reporter on Monday if she would be visiting the border amid the growing migrant crisis – her response, shocked many.
Harris was fielding questions from reporters outside of Air Force One when she was asked “plans to visit” the southern border as the immigration crisis continues to develop. Harris responded with a “not today” accompanied by a snarky cackle as if she was too good to visit the border where the Biden/Harris administration have created one of the worst disasters on record.
The vice president went on to say that she had visited “before” while adding that she would “probably” go back eventually.
Fox News attempted to get an answer from The White House as to whether or not they felt that Harris’ response was appropriate, given the situation at the border, but the WH was not interested in providing a response.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki maintained the Biden administration’s stance during a Monday press conference, referring to the border situation as a “circumstance” and saying that children escaping from persecution in their home countries “is not a crisis.”
“Children presenting at our border who are fleeing violence, who are fleeing prosecution, who are fleeing terrible situations is not a crisis,” Psaki said. “We feel it is our responsibility to humanely approach this circumstance and make sure they are treated, and put into conditions that are safe.”
Republican lawmakers have spoken out against the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz sent a letter on Monday to President Joe Biden after his administration refused press access for his and fourteen other senators’ trip to the border this week.
Cruz tore into Biden in the letter, saying that, despite assertions by the administration that the situation is not a crisis, “the American people are beginning to understand the gravity of the situation.”
“But it is not enough for members of the Senate to see what is happening — the American people must see,” wrote the Texas senator. “That is why I requested that members of the media be allowed to join us. But your administration clearly and emphatically refused to offer press access.”
“This is outrageous and hypocritical,” added Cruz, who pointed to both Psaki’s and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ reneging on their vows of “transparency” from the start of the administration.
Cruz lambasted the president “hiding the truth from the American people.”
“Denying the press the ability to observe, film, and report on the conditions at the border is not openness or transparency — it is hiding the truth from the American people,” wrote Cruz. “The press and the American people deserve more than denials and excuses from a podium.”
“They deserve to see and understand the crisis for themselves with the help of reporters who are free and independent from your administration,” added the Texas senator, who called for Biden to go back on his decision to block press access.
Following Cruz’s letter, a Democrat rep. leaked photos of one of Biden’s migrant detention centers – showing gruesome conditions with immigrants jam packed on top of one another in the clearly overrun facility.