CNN Sunday anchor Abby Phillip responded to Vice President Kamala Harris' trainwreck interview when she was questioned about her presence, or lack thereof, at the U.S. southern border since being appointed to manage the growing crisis by President Joe Biden.
"It's just a little cringeworthy," Phillip said of the interview, "and I know that her allies in the White House and elsewhere are watching it and just kind of wondering what is going on."
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Her comment is in reference to Harris' botched interview with NBC anchor Lester Holt earlier this week when the vice president was pressed on the out-of-control migrant crisis and noted that she has yet to visit the southern border.
"At some point, you know, we are going to the border. We've been to the border," Harris said. "So this whole, this whole, this whole thing about the border. We've been to the border. We've been to the border.
"You haven't been to the border," Holt pointed out.
"And I haven't been to Europe," Harris responded. "I don't understand the point that you're making."
The interview was considered a joke and sparked bipartisan backlash at the administration's handling of the crisis.
As part of her responsibilities appointed to her in overseeing the crisis, Harris led a diplomatic effort to slow the flow of migrants last week. The vice president took her first foreign trip to Guatemala and Mexico nearly three months after being assigned the role and spoke with the countries' leaders to address corruption and find the root cause as to why migrants are fleeing their native countries.
According to CNN Political Analyst, Laura Barron-Lopez, the interview didn't go according to plan.
"It didn't go the way the White House wanted it to go," she said. "Again, immigration, as you mention, is a hot potato no one wants to touch, and Harris has been dealt it and so she has to handle now what Biden had to handle when he was VP which is relationships with the northern triangle."