White House press secretary Jen Psaki joked on Wednesday with a reporter who wondered why Vice President Kamala Harris had time to visit a Chicago bakery amid the ongoing border crisis she has to deal with.
The exchange between Psaki and New York Post reporter Steven Nelson came during a press conference at the White House.
Nelson noted that while Harris has been put in charge of addressing the border crisis, she has only spoken to the president of Guatemala and has yet to visit the border or Central America. He then went on to tell how the vice president traveled to Chicago this week and took the time to visit a bakery.
“Is she still working on this and can you address the perception that she is quietly withdrawing while Secretary Mayorkas is pursuing a Trump-era policy?” Nelson asked.
Psaki fired back that Harris was visiting Chicago to discuss COVID and vaccine accessibility.
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“And so while she was there, like many Americans, she got a snack. I think she’s allowed to do that,” Psaki said. But she was there to talk about COVID and play a role as she plays an important role in our efforts to address vaccine reluctance, communicate with the public about how we can do this and it is imperative to get the vaccine when it is available. ”
Harris was in the Windy City on Tuesday, where she visited a vaccination site open to union workers. She also visited Brown Sugar Bakery on the south side of town where she met owners and employees and got away with a slice of German chocolate cake.
She also flew to California on Thursday and stayed through Monday, just a few hours’ drive from the US-Mexico border, but didn’t go to ground zero either.
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President Biden said last month that Harris “has agreed to lead our diplomatic efforts and work with those countries to accept returnees and improve migration enforcement at their borders.”
Harris made headlines late last month when she laughed while responding to a question from a reporter asking if she would visit the southern border.
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The vice president responded to the question with a “not today” before laughing. She went on to say that she had visited ‘before’ and that she would probably go back.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Houston Keene contributed to this report