One month after being tapped for border crisis leadership, Harris has yet to hold news conference

Veep’s continued absence at border has been criticized.

Updated: April 24, 2021 - 2:31pm

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Vice President Kamala Harris has yet to hold a news conference a full month after being tapped for a leadership role in addressing the ongoing U.S. border crisis.

The White House first announced Harris’s role on Mar. 24, with President Joe Biden announcing that she was to “lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle” in “stemming the migration to our southern border.”

Yet in that time the vice president has not hosted one news conference related to the border, nor has she made any appearances there yet, though she has claimed her intent to visit the border at some point. 

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Friday slammed Harris’s lack of public engagement on the issue she is helping lead. “It’s been 30 DAYS since Harris was named border crisis manager,” McDaniel tweeted, criticizing Harris’s absence from the border amid the historic immigration surge there. 

The Biden administration has aggressively guarded the border crisis from public scrutiny since it began, boxing out journalists and refusing to allow the press to access what are reportedly majorly overcrowded facilities holding thousands of illegal immigrants at a time.