White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted Vice President Kamala Harris is still leading the Biden administration’s efforts to control the border crisis, even though the president of Guatemala said last week that she has not been in contact with him since the summer.
Psaki replied: “She is, and I just announced a commitment that she’s announcing this afternoon,” adding that Harris will roll out a $1.2 billion investment from the international community into Central America.
However, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei told Fox News last week that he hasn’t heard from Harris since she last visited Guatemala City in June.
“We had many conversations with your ambassador, but [between] my presidency and the White House, no,” Giammattei said. “I spoke once to Joe Biden because I introduced myself. Then we had the visit of Vice President Harris. On matters of state and migration, we had [Homeland Security Secretary] Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas [in July]. Aside from that direct communication, no, we have not had it.”
Psaki denied that Giammattei’s allegation was true.
“I know that I did see this kind of strange report from the president of Guatemala saying that he’s had no contact with the White House, which is inaccurate,” she told reporters on Monday, claiming the administration has “had a range of conversations” with Giammattei.
As several conservatives have noted, Harris has been missing in action from the many duties the Biden administration assigned her. But an article from the San Francisco Chronicle offers a clue into what she’s been doing with her time:
Oh, so that’s what she’s been doing. https://t.co/gqDYuQxq3L
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) December 13, 2021
She’s also been busy struggling to figure out how to charge electric vehicles:
“I see that it’s plugged in, so is it plugged into this enormous electric socket, right?” Kamala Harris asked Mahi Reddy, the CEO of electric vehicle infrastructure company Sema Connect.
The @VP‘s questions did not stop there.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 14, 2021