Harris To Visit ASEAN In Shadow Of Afghan Exit: 5 Things To Know

Harris arrived in Singapore on Sunday for week-long trip to Asia to meet officials

  • Her team pushed forward with the trip, despite criticisms of her administration's handling of Afghanistan, as the VP distances herself from the mess

  • Harris, addressing Afghanistan publicly for the first time since the fall of Kabul, said 'there is going to be plenty of time to analyze' for mistakes 

  • She cut off a reporter with nervous laugh before boarding her flight on Friday 

  • Harris initially claimed to have had a key role and that she was 'the last person in the room,' but has been remarkably absent from public dialogue on Afghanistan

  • By Morgan Phillips, Politics Reporter For Dailymail.Com and Reuters

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    Kamala Harris dodged questions on whether her administration had made mistakes in its Afghanistan withdrawal during a press conference in Singapore on Monday.

    Instead the vice president said the White House is focused on evacuating all Americans and Afghan allies and insisted there would be plenty of time to analyze the botched removal of troops that's caused chaos in Kabul.

    Harris met with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Halimah Yacob during a trip aimed at bolstering ties with partners in the region as part of Washington's efforts to counter China's growing economic and security influence.

    She dodged questions about whether US credibility had been damaged by the Afghan debacle, saying only her government's focus was on evacuations.

    'There is going to be plenty of time to analyze what has happened and what has taken place in the context of the withdrawal from Afghanistan,' Harris said during a joint news conference with Singapore's prime minister.

    'But right now we are singularly focused on evacuating American citizens, Afghans who have worked with us and Afghans who are vulnerable, including women and children and that is our singular focus at this time,' said Harris.

    It was the first time she publicly addressed the crisis unfolding in the Middle East, aside from laughing off a reporter's question as she boarded Air Force 2. 

    Her comments came just hours after cut off a reporter seemingly trying to ask her about Afghanistan with her signature laugh, adding 'slow down, everybody.'

    As she boarded the plane to Singapore for her tour of Singapore and Vietnam, Harris said Afghanistan 'couldn't have a higher priority.

    In a newly-unearthed part of a chat with reporters filmed as Harris prepared to depart for Singapore, the Vice President displays her infamous nervous laugh before flying, the Washington Examiner reported. 

    'What's your response to reports of Americans-' an eager reporter says over the jet engines noise. 

    'Hold on, hold on, hold on,' Harris said before the reporter could finish. 

    'Slow down, everybody,' she said after a big laugh. 

    'I want to talk about two things,' Harris then said. 'First, Afghanistan, we couldn't have a higher priority right now,' 

    'And in particular high priority is making sure that we safely evacuate American citizens, Afghans who worked with us, Afghans at risk, including women and children, and that is one of our highest if not the highest priority right now.'

    'And it's a big area of focus for me in the past days and weeks, and will continue to be,' she added.

    Because the reporter was never allowed to finish her question, it's not clear what she was going to ask Harris specifically. However, it sounded like she was going to ask Harris about the Americans trapped in Afghanistan.

    'There is going to be plenty of time to analyze what has happened and what has taken place in the context of the withdrawal from Afghanistan,' Harris said during a joint news conference with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

    'There is going to be plenty of time to analyze what has happened and what has taken place in the context of the withdrawal from Afghanistan,' Harris said during a joint news conference with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

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