Dem Strategist Doug Schoen Says Sending Harris To Europe Was A “Tragic” Mistake
Democratic strategist Doug Schoen said early Sunday that he “was embarrassed” by Vice President Kamala Harris’ representation at the joint press conferences in Poland and Romania.
“I was embarrassed. This is not a Democrat and Republican issue, this is an issue of transcended foreign policy needs and concerns of the United States,” Schoen said. “She came up not only short but the laughter, the failure to unequivocally say ‘we will do anything we can for the Ukrainian people to provide as much support as possible’ sadly means that I have to agree with Monica. I wish I could disagree, but as a Democrat and an American first, I think this was tragic and very, very, very sad.”
Former Assistant Secretary to the Treasury Monica Crowley said Harris’ behavior was “astonishing” and she was clearly in a “state of a perpetual breakdown.” Crowley said the vice president’s involvement in diplomatic matters is “catastrophic for our nation and our allies.”
Harris laughed at a question regarding how the U.S. plans to aid the influx of Ukrainian refugees entering neighboring countries at the Polish press conference Thursday. The vice president responded “a friend in need is a friend indeed” before bursting into laughter again.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s former spokeswoman Iuliia Mendel said “it would be a tragedy” if Harris was ever elected president in a since-deleted tweet Thursday. Mendel said Friday that the vice president’s laugh was “inappropriate” and “a very bad experience” for Ukrainians to witness.
At the Friday Romanian conference, Harris ignored a question on rising inflation and gas prices in the U.S., answering with a long statement about the Black Sea, the bombed maternity hospital in Mariupol, and the need to assist European allies.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized the “lack of seriousness” of President Joe Biden’s administration for sending Harris on the diplomatic trip, saying she is “shallow” and “doesn’t know anything.”