Several weeks ago President Joe Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the diplomatic outreach at the border, just as a massive surge in migration caused the administration to scramble for a plan.
Harris has since come under a great deal of criticism for not only not visiting the border but going out of her way to avoid it entirely. Saturday marked the 74th day that Harris has neither traveled to the communities affected on the southern border nor held a news conference addressing her duties as manager of the administration's response to the growing crisis.
But when she finally found the time to fly down south and fulfill her duties, Harris's plane had to make a sudden u-turn.
Vice President Kamala Harris' diplomatic trip to Guatemala and Mexico got off to a bumpy start Sunday after her plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland about 25 minutes after it had taken off.
Air Force Two landed safely. Spokesperson Symone Sanders told reporters the plane returned because of a "technical issue" and said there were no major safety concerns.
.@VP boards AF2 en route to Guatemala City for her first OCONUS trip as VP. ✈️
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"I'm good, I'm good," Harris told reporters after exiting the plane. "We all said a little prayer, but we're good."
Harris arrived later in Guatemala's capital than expected but in one piece. She was greeted by Guatemala's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pedro Brolo.
A video shared on social media shows Vice President Harris and Brolo waving to a crowd upon arrival.
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Harris' trip to Central America – her first foreign trip as vice president – lasted just two days and is meant to kickstart efforts to tackle what the administration describes as the "root causes" of the crisis at the Mexican border.