Kamala Harris stops at Pearl Harbor on approach again from Asia — however avoids press questions
Kamala Harris returned to the U.S. on Thursday, touchdown in Hawaii after her journey to Singapore and Vietnam.
However the vp ignored reporters’ questions – whether or not about Afghanistan or different matters – as she acquired off Air Power Two for a cease at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
She additionally blocked reporters from attending her deliberate tackle to U.S. troops stationed on the base, in keeping with reviews.
The Pearl Harbor cease had been scheduled previous to Thursday’s terrorist assault on the Kabul airport that killed not less than 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans. An Islamic State group affiliate claimed duty for the assault.
After the assault, reporters touring with Harris discovered her Hawaii go to with the troops could be closed to the press.
“The VP’s workers knowledgeable the pool in the course of the flight that her occasion with troops at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam would now be closed press,” the White Home press pool stated, in keeping with the Washington Examiner. “No rationalization given by the VP’s crew for why it has been modified to closed press when requested by a member of the pool.”
Harris additionally canceled a marketing campaign rally scheduled for Friday in California with Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who faces a recall election subsequent month, possible over the optics of attending a political occasion after a lethal terrorist assault.
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As a substitute, she and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, who greeted Harris in Hawaii, flew immediately again to Washington on Thursday – once more with out taking questions from reporters as she boarded Air Power Two.
Harris had flown to Pearl Harbor following a sweep by Southeast Asia this week.
Harris issued an announcement concerning the occasions in Afghanistan.
“As we speak in Kabul, a terror assault killed 13 American service members. These brave service members died whereas saving numerous lives. They’re heroes,” Harris wrote in a Twitter put up Thursday night. “Doug and I grieve for the Individuals we misplaced, we pray for the Individuals injured within the assault, and our hearts exit to their family members. We additionally grieve for the Afghan civilians killed and injured.
“Our nation is grateful to our men and women in uniform, and particularly, these working in the present day to get Individuals and our Afghan companions out of hurt’s approach. We are going to full that mission. As we speak, we honor those that gave their lives in service to their nation. We are going to always remember.”
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Harris’ workplace launched an announcement summarizing her cease at Pearl Harbor, in keeping with the Examiner. The vp “addressed 25 members of the navy representing the six active-duty service branches and Nationwide Guard, thanking them for his or her service,” the assertion stated. “She and the Second Gentleman then talked individually with every service member.”