Former President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE criticized Vice President Harris's recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border at his first post-presidential rally on Saturday, claiming she made the trip because he announced he was visiting the area.
“Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden, Harris push big lie about Border Patrol Two 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report MORE, your vice president, only went to the border yesterday for the one simple reason: that I announced that I was going,” Trump told a crowd in Wellington, Ohio.
“If I didn’t do that, I don’t know if she was ever going to go,” he added.
Donald Trump: “Kamala Harris, your Vice President, only went to the border yesterday for the one simple reason, because I announced that I was going. [...] If I didn’t do that I don’t know if she was ever gonna go.” pic.twitter.com/2XfZTb3CpN— The Hill (@thehill) June 27, 2021
The White House has denied that Harris's trip was a result of Republican criticism after the southern border saw a large influx of migrants — particularly unaccompanied minors — in the months that followed Biden's inauguration.
“This administration does not take their cues from Republican criticism, nor from the former president of the United States of America,” top Harris aide Symone SandersSymone SandersHarris facilitates coin toss at Howard University football game Harris to campaign for Gavin Newsom ahead of recall election Harris drops plan to campaign with Newsom after Kabul attack MORE told reporters last week. “We have said, over a number of different occasions ... that she would go to the border. She has been before. She would go again. She would go when it was appropriate, when it made sense.”
Harris took her first trip to the southern border in El Paso, Texas, on Friday, meeting with border agents and young migrants. She also homed in on the need to focus on the reason people are making the journey to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America.
"This has been a trip that also is connected with the obvious point: If you want to deal with a problem, you can’t just deal with the symptom of the problem; you’ve got to figure out what caused it to happen," Harris told reporters during a press conference on Friday.
Biden announced earlier this year that Harris would lead the administration's effort to stem the surge of migrants at the southern border from Northern Triangle countries.
She faced backlash from Republicans earlier this month when she laughed at a question from NBC’s Lester Holt while in Guatemala about why she had not visited the border, pointing out that she also had not gone to Europe.