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The president of Guatemala said that the White House had not contacted him about the migrant crisis since he had a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris in June.
President Alejandro Giammattei made the comments in an interview with John Roberts of Fox News.
“Other than your meeting with Kamala Harris in June?” asked Roberts who appeared shocked.
“That is the only one,” replied Giammattei.
“That is the only communication you’ve had with the Biden Administration about illegal immigration?” asked Roberts.
“Yep,” Giammattei replied.
Roberts asked him if he thought that was odd, and Giammattei admitted that he had spoken to the ambassador from the U.S. many times, but not with anyone directly from the White House.
“We had many conversations with your ambassador, but [between] my presidency and the White House, no. I spoke once to Joe Biden because I introduced myself,” Giamattei explained.
“Then we had the visit of Vice President Harris,” he continued. “On matters of state and migration, we had Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas. Aside from that direct communication, no we have not had it.”
The admission severely undermines the claims of the administration that Harris has been putting all her efforts into addressing the root causes of the illegal immigration crisis in Latin America. Harris has been plagued by criticism that her office appears unprepared to handle the tasks delegated to her by the White House.
Roberts went on to ask Giammattei whether the Biden administration had dealt with illegal immigration better than the Trump administration had, he answered that he had been in regular contact with the Trump administration.
The continuing immigration crisis has been only one of the problems that has dragged down poll numbers both for Biden and for Harris. The vice president’s office is also seeing an exodus of staffers as more and more damaging stories make headlines about the disfunction and incompetence plaguing the workplace.