Vice President Kamala Harris said during her CBS interview Sunday that ‘democracy’ is the most significant national security threat facing the United States.
As President, she was trying to echo the Democrats’ warnings about threats to the integrity’ of the American democratic systems. Joe Biden, tries push his voting rights agenda through Congress.
Harris also defended the Biden Administration’s chaotic withdrawal in the last portion of her extensive interview, which was released over the course of the week. AfghanistanIn August, the US blamed its predecessor for setting the deadline and then added that climate change was the greatest emerging threat to US security.
What do you think is the greatest national security challenge facing the U.S.? What is the most worrying thing about America? Margaret Brennan, Face the Nation host asked.
The vice president responded, “Frankly one of them is our democracy.” That’s what I can talk about, since it’s not classified.
Foreign policy experts know that 2021 is not the 2000 year. You know, there are so many things about foreign and domestic policies that were based on Sept 11 2001.
Kamala Harris, the border czar, discussed the withdrawal from Afghanistan in her final CBS interview.
“And we are embarking upon a- a new age where the threats to the nation take many forms including the threat that autocracies take over and have outsized influence around world.
She retracted her initial remarks and urged us to fight for democracy’s integrity.
Harris, who has long advocated for climate change awareness added that ‘fighting to the integrity of democracy’ is ‘about what we need do in the context of the climate crisis.
She explained that global climate change is directly tied to global security, as it is a threat the US and its allies have the greatest chance of defeating if they work together.
The vice president also praised Biden for abandoning another piece of post-9/11 strategy in withdrawing Afghanistan from the 20-year-old occupation.
Bipartisan criticism was levelled at Biden and his top officials for the botched withdrawal effort, which left as many 200 Americans and thousands of Afghan military allies behind. This despite the president’s promise to stay until every American was out.
One hundred Afghan civilians and 13 American military personnel were killed in a suicide attack at Kabul’s airport in August.
Harris, who claimed she was the last person in the room’ when Biden made the critical choice, didn’t give a clear answer to a question about whether she felt any responsibility for the disastrous operation.
She also noted that Donald Trump had agreed with the Taliban to withdraw US military forces, which was what Biden was following.
Trump brokered a deal in which all US troops would leave Afghanistan months earlier than Biden, despite the fact that the American-backed Afghan government was not included in the negotiations.
Harris did not mention whether she felt responsible in the chaos of the Kabul evacuation. Instead, she blamed the Trump administration
Harris stated that he supported the president’s decision after the war was over. He also said that he had negotiated a deal to end the war with the Taliban. Harris did not invite the Afghan government, but Harris agreed to a deal that would have the Taliban withdraw by May 31st.
“So, we were saddled by that responsibility based upon an agreement between the United States of America and the Taliban.”
She stated that she does not regret signing the agreement, and that there was an alternative that could have created a greater conflict.
Harris claimed that Harris made the decision to not break the agreement. Harris said that right now, Harris strongly believes that if they had broken the agreement, we would still be discussing the war on Afghanistan.
“And American troops are in Afghanistan, and that’s not what we’re talking about.” I don’t regret that.
Brennan asked Harris about her decades-long career as a champion for women and girls, and how she balanced that with concerns about Afghan females living under Taliban rule.
Harris stated that ‘one of our biggest issues in terms if any conversations with Taliban is exactly this point. This is the condition, status and treatment of women, girls, and for girls, access education, not to forget our concern about counterterrorism.
She stated that the US was working with UN to ‘bypass the Taliban’ in order to ensure that aid reaches women and girls.
Harris pledged to fight for Afghan women and girls who are forced to live in Taliban rule.
This week, the Biden administration announced that it wanted to increase the flow of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to ease the country’s post-upheaval economy crisis.
Harris stated that he was concerned that the Taliban is not complying with what we know is the proper treatment and the right treatment for girls and women. Harris added that this was one of his greatest concerns and considerations.
As the evacuation of Afghanistan was progressing in late August, the vice president was confronted with her own criticisms.
A video of Harris trying to ask Harris about the Americans stuck in Afghanistan, and how to leave was released on August 23.
Harris said, “Hold On, Hold On, Hold on,” before the reporter could finish.
After a big laugh, she said, “Slow down everybody,”
Harris replied, “I want you to talk about two things.” ‘First, Afghanistan. We couldn’t have any higher priority right now.’
“And in particular high priorities is making sure we safely evacuate American citizens and Afghans who worked alongside us, Afghans under threat, including women, children and children, and this is one our highest, if no, the highest priority right away.
She said, “And it’s been a major area of focus for me over the past days, weeks, and will continue being,”
She was still criticized for not speaking out for several days about the plights of women and girls, but she pled that the US would continue to protect them.
Sunday Harris was also interviewed by CBS about her role in Biden’s border czar.
Harris spent only two days in Guatemala and Mexico to work on the issue since March when the president appointed her to lead the federal government’s response against out-of-control migration at the southern border.
She was criticised by civil rights groups and members from her own party for sending out a message to Guatemalans not to cross the border to the US.
“When I was in Guatemala, my conversation with the Guatemalan people focused on what I’ve spoken to people in this room about. This is a clear indication that the vast majority of people, regardless of where they come from, don’t want leave their home. Harris said that they aren’t willing to leave the language that they speak.
Harris and Pedro Brolo (Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Relations) wave to Harris at her Guatemala City arrival ceremony on Sunday, June 6. Guatemala’s president claimed that he has not heard from Harris in over a year.
Harris also insisted that dealing with the ‘root causes’ of migration is still her primary focus, despite Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei telling Fox News just weeks ago that he hadn’t heard from the vice president since June.
She refused to admit to criticisms that her boss had dealt her a difficult hand by giving mammoth tasks such as illegal immigration and voting rights his deputy. Defiantly declaring that she wasn’t’set up for failure’
Harris stated that Harris was the Vice President of America and that any issue I handle is because it is a difficult issue and cannot be handled at any other level.
“And there are many big, difficult issues that need to addressed. It’s been a part my entire life to deal with difficult problems and this is no exception.
Harris declined to use the opportunity to attribute her criticisms to racism and misogyny, saying: “I’ll leave that for other people to deal with.”
Harris was bluntly asked this question by Brennan. Harris replied, “To not leave D.C.” more.’