Lester Holt Challenges Kamala Harris on Claim ‘We’ve Been to the Border’: ‘You Haven’t’
NBC News anchor Lester Holt challenged Vice President Kamala Harris on why she has not visited the U.S. southern border.
Harris has been charged with leading the White House response to an increase in migration from Central America to the U.S. border with Mexico. In an interview with the vice president from Guatemala, where she said she is on the ground to address the “root causes of migration,” Holt asked why she has not visited the U.S. border itself to witness what is going on.
“The question that has come up and you heard it here and you’ll hear it again I’m sure, is, ‘Why not visit the border? Why not see what Americans are seeing in this crisis?'” Holt asked.
“Well, we are going to the border,” Harris replied. “We have to deal with what’s happening at the border, there’s no question about that. That’s not a debatable point. But 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.”
Later on in the interview, Holt pressed again on the topic: “Do you have any 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,” Harris replied.
“You haven’t been to the border,” Holt pointed out.
“And I haven’t been to Europe,” Harris said with a laugh. “And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
Holt noted that Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) has urged the administration to visit his border district in south Texas, to no avail.
“I care about what’s happening at the border,” Harris said. “I’m in Guatemala because my focus is dealing with the root causes of migration. There may be some who think that that is not important, but it is my firm belief that if we care about what’s happening at the border, we better care about the root causes and address them. And so that’s what I’m doing.”
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