Vice President Kamala Harris is reportedly planning a trip to Vietnam, just as President Joe Biden’s actions in Afghanistan are drawing comparisons to the fall of Saigon.
Harris is currently scheduled to travel to Vietnam on Friday. The trip’s news arrives as thousands of Americans attempting to flee Afghanistan has been compared with Americans seeking to leave Saigon in Vietnam.
The vice president’s trip is expected to include a stop in Singapore as well. The administration’s plan is to build allies in the region, especially given China’s growing power and tensions with Taiwan.
Harris has not fared well in recent travels, however. During a trip to El Paso, Texas, near the nation’s southern border, she was highly criticized for avoiding the worst of the border crisis. She also took heat for taking so long to arrive, stopping by just days before a planned trip by former President Donald Trump.
The vice president’s first international trip to Guatemala also fell flat of expectations. She told people to “not come” to America, while Guatemala’s leadership blamed the U.S. for the surge in illegal immigration.
In addition, a heated NBC interview regarding the vice president’s avoidance of the border at that time left Americans concerned. Her remarks with Lester Holt led to strong criticism across social media.
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to @LesterHoltNBC in an exclusive interview from Guatemala where she says the purpose of her trip was “to address the reasons people leave” for the U.S. pic.twitter.com/FtP1r482p5
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) June 8, 2021
Despite her recent negatives, the Biden administration hopes her latest planned trip will result in better good will on foreign affairs. Biden certainly needs something positive, as his current response in Afghanistan has angered Americans across party lines.