Vice President Kamala Harris hasn’t exactly had the best public relations campaign over the past few months, and the latest debacle isn’t helping her cause.
According to Breitbart, in the wake of the vice president meeting with a group of over 50 Texas Democrats who fled their state to block a crucial vote, Harris met with them in Washington. Soon after, it was revealed that a number of the lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19, and Harris’ spokesperson seemingly misled the media on the importance of the situation.
On Saturday evening, as the news of the multiple infections among the Texas Dems broke, Harris’ spokesperson Symone Sanders issued a statement downplaying the possibility that Harris was exposed to the virus, indicating at the time that it was unnecessary for the vice president to be tested.
“Based on the timeline of these positive tests, it was determined the Vice President and her staff present at the meeting were not at risk of exposure because they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined,” Sanders’ Saturday statement read.
But on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki may have let the proverbial cat out of the bag after being pressed by reporters on the vice president’s testing status, especially given that Harris went to Walter Reed hospital for a “routine” and “pre-scheduled” appointment — on a Sunday.
“I think the Vice President’s Office put out that she was tested, and that she did — there was no detection of COVID-19,” Psaki told reporters, which immediately raised red flags, given Sanders’ initial statement to the contrary.
Politico pressed Sanders on Monday to determine if the vice president had, in fact, been tested after her meeting with the infected Texas lawmakers, which would result in a completely different answer.
“The vice president is tested regularly as is her staff and that as a part of that regular testing, she was tested this weekend and Covid-19 was not detected,” Sanders said, adding that the statement was “not in conflict” with the original statement she issued. Except, it was.
Now that reportedly six of the Texas Dems have tested positive for COVID-19, despite being vaccinated, with likely more to come, it would behoove Harris’ office to start telling the truth, as the situation could end in total disaster otherwise.