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Harris Flies To Europe To Help Secure Ukraine Border As Biden Stays Behind

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Vice President Kamala Harris set off Thursday on a peace mission to Europe as Russia appeared to accelerate preparations for an invasion of Ukraine — undeterred by her failure to resolve the ongoing US-Mexico border crisis as President Biden’s point person on illegal immigration.

About two hours after Harris departed DC to attend the Munich Security Conference, Biden emerged from the White House and said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin will launch an invasion of Ukraine “within the next several days.”

As Harris flew east to Germany, Biden traveled west to Lorain, Ohio, to talk about fixing Great Lakes pollution through his three-month-old bipartisan infrastructure law — prompting his aides to insist the jaunt wouldn’t distract him from the potential outbreak of the largest and deadliest conflict in Europe since World War II.

“I doubt [Putin’s] sitting back at the Kremlin right now shaking because Kamala Harris is over there,” Rep Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in an interview with Newsmax TV Wednesday.

“She couldn’t pour something out of a boot if there were instructions written on the heel,” Burchett added. “She can’t even find our southern border, much less the Ukrainian border. This is a joke, this is a travesty.”

Biden tapped Harris in March to stem illegal immigration across the southern border, but the crisis only got worse, with a record-breaking 1.9 million arrests in 2021. Critics blame lax Biden administration enforcement policies, but Harris defended her work last month in Honduras, saying addressing the “root causes” of illegal immigration wouldn’t have an effect “overnight.”

The vice president’s performance on the US border crisis received bipartisan blowback, including from Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who said in December, “She was tasked with that job, [but] it doesn’t look like she’s very interested in this.”

“Biden is deploying Kamala Harris to Europe to help ease Russia-Ukraine tensions,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) tweeted last week, adding sarcastically: “Right, because she’s doing so well with our southern border…”

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) tweeted a video clip of fictional boss Michael Scott from “The Office” shouting, “No, God, please no! No! No! No!” to suggest Ukraine’s probable reaction to Harris repping the US in Munich.

Other social media users were more supportive. “Safe travels and give’em hell MVP!” one person tweeted.

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After arriving in Europe, Harris will meet with the leaders of the three Baltic countries — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — on Friday before delivering a set-piece speech Saturday about the Ukraine crisis.

Harris also will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted Thursday that Biden’s trip to Ohio would not distract from his focus on Ukraine.

“A senior State Department official this morning said that this is perhaps the most perilous moment for peace and security since the Cold War… (Read more)

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