Vice President Kamala Harris left on Sunday for a two-day trip to Mexico and Guatemala as part of her efforts to lead diplomatic talks to tackle what the administration describes as “root causes” of the crisis at the southern border.
After being appointed by Biden to lead the diplomatic outreach in March, Harris has been under intense criticism for not having visited the border or holding a press conference on the issue. Her office has said that she is not involved in the border per se but rather the root causes of the problems. Those root causes include poverty, economic instability, and extreme weather in Central America.
Vice President Harris’ diplomatic trip got off to a bumpy start Sunday after her plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland about 25 minutes after it had taken off. Air Force Two landed safely. The aircraft returned because of a “technical issue” and said there were no major safety concerns.
Harris later arrived in Guatemala’s capital, where she was greeted by Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pedro Brolo.
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