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White House adviser cites 'disruptive' travel, 'use of resources' why Biden hasn't visited border

"I'm just speaking to the fact that it's a bit more disruptive for the president of the United States to travel than you or I," Bottoms said.

Published: December 18, 2022 4:24pm

Updated: December 18, 2022 5:07pm

White House adviser Keisha Lance Bottoms on Sunday cited how travel can be "disruptive" for the president and questioned whether it was the "best use of resources" as to reasons why President Joe Biden has not visited the southern border.

"When the president travels, it's not like you or I jumping on an airplane and getting off and going to our destination. Everything comes to a halt. So, all of these things are in consideration for the president. Is that the best use of resources? All of the resources that will be diverted on the ground when the president makes a visit," Bottoms, the former mayor of Atlanta, told CBS's "Face the Nation."

When reporter Margaret Brennan further pressed Bottoms as to why Biden did not visit the border, Bottoms said: "But is that visit well, I can't speak to why he has or has not gone. I'm just speaking to the fact that it's a bit more disruptive for the president of the United States to travel than you or I."

Biden said he did not have plans to visit the border during his trip to Phoenix, Arizona, earlier this month because his trip to a manufacturing plant was "more important."

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