Did Vice-President Kamala Harris really leave Washington, D.C. for a one-day trip to California while Senators are battling over a $3.5 Trillion reconciliation bill?
According to a statement released by White House officials she did. “The vice president will remain overnight in Palm Springs and return to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 2.” the statement read.
According to a report in The New York Post, Harris kept the press from observing her Friday departure from Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews and media were prevented from covering her arrival at Palm Springs International Airport that evening. Her Saturday return to Washington is also expected to be kept under wraps.
“Reporters were not allowed to watch her departure,” agreed Washington Times reporter Dave Boyer yesterday.
The California newspaper, Desert Sun, reported the vice-president’s plane arrived at Palm Springs International Airport shortly after 7 p.m. Friday. The article includes an embedded video showing lit up police cruisers escorting a motorcade of SUVs along city streets. No photo or video shows Vice-President Harris arriving at the airport, riding in the motorcade or arriving at a Palm Springs destination.
No mention was made of Air Force Two landing at Palm Springs on the airport web site’s newsroom page. Air Force Two is the designation given to the Boeing C-32 government plane when the vice president is travelling aboard.
A photo posted to the Desert Sun Twitter account showed motorcycle officers gathered at the airport before the arrival of Air Force
As unclear as the need for such secrecy surrounding her travel, it’s equally unclear why her alleged travel was announced. Desert Sun reporters said Harris recently campaigned for Gov. Gavin Newsom in the state ahead of California’s Sept. 14 recall election. A local Democrat party political director, Elle Kurpiewski, reportedly said nobody she knew was aware of the vice president’s trip so it is unlikely she travelled to meet with party officials.
No public or private events were on Harris’s officially released schedule.
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