- The Washington Times - Friday, April 9, 2021

Chris Wallace said that Vice President Kamala Harris appears to be treating the border crisis like a crime scene in which she wants zero “fingerprints.”

The Fox News anchor addressed the Democrat’s continued absence from the U.S. southern border with Mexico despite a growing humanitarian debacle.

Mr. Wallace made the comment after colleague Bill Hemmer noted her trip to California — but not its southern border — and another to Chicago.

“It doesn’t seem they have much of an answer to the crisis at the border,” Mr. Wallace said of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have flooded the region since Mr. Biden took office.

The White House has consistently rejected the idea that a crisis exists despite a logistical overload for border agents tasked with processing everyone.

“Children presenting at our border who are fleeing violence, who are fleeing prosecution, who are fleeing terrible situations is not a crisis,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said March 22. “We feel that it is our responsibility to humanely approach this circumstance.”

“It’s so interesting,” Mr. Wallace added during his “America’s Newsroom” appearance on Friday, The Daily Caller reported. “When the president first said he was putting Kamala Harris, his vice president, in charge of the border, the sense was that he was putting her in charge of the border, the whole issue. Then a day or so later the clarification came down that well, no, she is not in charge of the border, she is in charge of diplomacy with Mexico and with the northern triangle countries to try to stem the flow to the border.”

The journalist then surmised that a conscious effort may be afoot to avoid a political disaster.

“[This] kind of makes you wonder whether she knows this is a mess and doesn’t want her fingerprints on it,” he said.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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