Kamala Harris, the President’s vice president, should immediately seek Biden’s approval to “welcome refugees from the war zone, especially those who already have family ties to the U.S.”
Off-putting at times, the U.S. vice president seems to find amusement where others don’t. This week KH chose an “odd occasion to share her mirth,” reports James Freeman in the WSJ, where she continued her habit of “finding amusement where others don’t.”
An excerpt from the official White House transcript of her press conference with President Andrzej Duda of Poland at Belweder Palace in Warsaw:
Q: I wanted to ask you about some reporting that my colleague here in Poland noticed. He recently spoke with the mayor of the largest border town, who told him that the refugee system is essentially not set up for this, that it will collapse. It’s an improvised system that can work for maybe two weeks, but not indefinitely.
And I’m wondering what the United States is going to do more specifically to set up a permanent infrastructure. And relatedly, is the United States willing to make a specific allocation for Ukrainian refugees?
And for President Duda, I wanted to know if you think and if you asked the United States to specifically accept more refugees.
VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS: Okay. (Laughs.) A friend in need is a friend indeed. (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT DUDA: Okay. I’ll go first. Okay, so this time — (as interpreted) — Madam, the situation is very complex. This is what I was saying today, and I discussed this at length with Madam Vice President Kamala Harris. I said, in a very blunt way, that today we are seeing a refugee crisis.
As Mr. Freeman notes, “with more than 11 million open positions in the U.S. right now we’re bound to find some helpful hands. Given the hell they’ve just endured, can you imagine a more grateful group of employees?”
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