Vice President Kamala Harris visited a Chicago bakery Tuesday and took home a slice of German chocolate cake, even as she faces scrutiny for not having visited the overwhelmed southern border.
Harris was in Windy City, where he visited a vaccination site that was opened to unionized workers. He also visited Brown Sugar Bakery on the south side of town, where he met with owners and employees.
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“She could have gone to a million other places, but she came here, and I’m grateful for that,” one worker told ABC7.
According to the pool note, Harris said her favorite is German chocolate and she gets it for her birthday every year, and her staff had reserved a slice for her.
The visit comes as the Biden administration faces a crisis on the southern border, and Harris has been designated as Biden’s contact person to deal with what the White House describes as “root causes” of the crisis.
Biden said last month that Harris “agreed to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept returnees and improve migration law enforcement at their borders, at their borders.”
The White House later clarified that Harris was not involved in the “border crisis” but rather focused on addressing “root causes, not the border.”
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The Biden administration has faced an ongoing border crisis, with a surge in migrants that has led to images of migrant children crammed into over-capacity facilities and families being released into the US.
The administration has refused to call it a “crisis,” instead calling it a “challenge” and blaming the Trump administration’s dismantling of legal avenues of asylum, while Republicans have blamed Biden’s immigration policies. .
Before the Chicago trip, Harris was in California on Monday, where he visited small businesses and a water treatment plant while promoting the administration’s latest spending plan, touted as an infrastructure bill. That visit drew criticism from Republicans for ignoring the border while in a border state.
“It would have been incredibly easy for Harris to add a stop on her journey to show her support and comfort, comfort and lead on the ground. She has her own plane,” Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. . Fox News op-ed. “The flight time from Los Angeles to San Diego is about 30 minutes.”
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Earlier this week, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote Harris, urging her to visit the border and inviting her on a trip to the area with him.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg News reported Harris moved out of Blair House, the president’s guest quarters on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, and spent his first night at the Number One Circle Observatory on Tuesday.
Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report, as did The Associated Press.