Kamala Harris under fire for laughing when asked about tragedy in Afghanistan
Vice President Kamala Harris is facing backlash for laughing when asked about the deadly situation in Afghanistan.
“Hold on, hold on — slow down, everybody!” Harris said with a laugh as a reporter attempted to ask her about the events. After composing herself, Harris said the Biden administration “couldn’t have a higher priority right now.”
Video of the interaction quickly spread on social media.
“This is like a Saturday Night Live skit — except it’s real and she’s not acting. Nothing to laugh at,” one person tweeted.
Some people took issue with Harris saying that the situation is their top priority, as the VP was about to depart for Asia.
“A higher priority right while she jets off to anywhere but where she needs to be,” another user tweeted.
Harris gave a joint press conference with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday.
“Countries make calculations and take positions, and they have to make recalculations and adjust their positions from time to time,” Loong said. “Sometimes it can be done smoothly; sometimes there are hiccups. Sometimes there’s — things go awry and take time to put right.”