After greater than 4 months in workplace, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are each planning this week to depart the U.S. and take the primary international journeys of their administration.
Harris will depart the nation first, scheduled to fly Sunday to Guatemala for talks with President Alejandro Giammattei and different leaders there in regards to the “root causes” of migration.
From there she’s set to journey Monday night time to Mexico for comparable talks with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his advisers earlier than returning to Washington.
“A part of giving individuals hope is having a really particular dedication to rooting out corruption within the area,” Harris mentioned not too long ago, in response to Bloomberg, referring to one among a number of root causes of migration she and her workplace have listed. Different causes embrace poverty and the consequences of extreme climate and pure disasters, they’ve claimed.
In late March, the vp took on the position of supervisor of the Biden administration’s response to the migrant disaster alongside the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Ever since accepting the project, Harris has confronted relentless criticism from Republicans – and from some Democrats – for not visiting border communities within the U.S. to be taught extra in regards to the points these communities and the Border Patrol brokers who work there are coping with as migrants, together with many unaccompanied minors, flood the area and pressure assets.
“Kamala Harris ought to cease on the US border on her strategy to Mexico and Guatemala tomorrow to see Biden’s record-breaking border disaster firsthand,” GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote on Twitter on Saturday night time.
Harris and her defenders in Washington have countered that the vp’s position was at all times meant to be a diplomatic project during which she would take care of international leaders as a substitute of tour U.S. communities.
Whereas neither Biden nor Harris have traveled to U.S. border areas since taking workplace, the administration has despatched different prime officers, resembling Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Well being and Human Companies Secretary Xavier Becerra.
Come Wednesday will probably be President Biden’s flip to symbolize the U.S. abroad. The president is scheduled to attend the G7 financial summit in Cornwall in the UK, then he and first girl Jill Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Citadel.
The president’s itinerary additionally consists of stops in Belgium for a NATO summit and a gathering with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – and a June 16 face-to-face assembly with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Biden leaves the nation whereas dealing with his personal share of criticism from Republicans.
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Writing on the Fox Information web site on Saturday, McDaniel pointed to Friday’s federal jobs report, which confirmed development figures that had been 17% under expectations.
Different Republicans have taken Biden to job, claiming he has appeared weak in coping with Putin. They’ve pointed to a latest ransomware assault by Russian hackers towards a U.S. gas pipeline – coinciding with Biden’s latest choice to permit Putin to proceed with a pipeline of his personal into Europe.
“Biden’s choice … is greater than blended messaging and sloppy decision-making,” U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., not too long ago wrote. “It’s a risk to America’s nationwide safety.”