When Vice President Kamala Harris was confronted by reporters about the Americans trapped in Afghanistan while on a trip in Southeast Asia, her first reaction was to laugh about it.
“Hold on, hold on, slow down, everybody,” she said as she laughed in the way that has brought criticism before that she isn’t taking serious situations seriously enough.
Finally, she addressed the situation. “Uh, I want to talk about two things. First, Afghanistan: we couldn’t have a higher priority right now,” she said. “And in particular, our priority is making sure that we safely evacuate American citizens, Afghans who worked with us, Afghans at risk including women and children — and that is one of our highest, if not the highest priority right now.”
After claiming she was the “last person in the room” as the decision to pull the military out of Afghanistan was made, Harris has been silent and absent from the public eye for the last eight days after the Taliban took over the government there.
Her eight days of silence makes her words about evacuation being the highest priority ring rather hollow. And her laughter doesn’t help her words seem more sincere.
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