Vice President Kamala Harris flew to Southern California on Friday for a quick trip, but the White House was the mother of the reason behind it, according to a report.
Harris left Friday afternoon from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and flew to Palm Springs, a resort town about 107 miles east of Los Angeles, The Washington Times reported.
The vice president was scheduled to return to Washington on Saturday, the White House said in a statement, according to the newspaper.
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Harris and husband Douglas Emhoff own a home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, but the White House said Harris would spend the night in Palm Springs at an unspecified location, according to the Times.
Journalists were not allowed to see Harris leave Maryland, the Times reported.
No public events were on Harris’ schedule for her time in California, and no local Democrats in California reported any plans to meet with Harris, according to the newspaper.
Harris’ plane landed at Palm Springs International Airport just after 7 p.m. Friday PT, The Desert Sun newspaper reported in Palm Springs. A strong presence of law enforcement was in the area, the newspaper reports.
Palm Springs Mayor Christy Gilbert Holstege tweeted a welcome to Harris on Friday, but the message left no trace of the purpose of the vice president’s visit.
Since March, when she was appointed to lead the Biden administration’s response to the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, Harris has been under constant criticism from Republicans for not visiting the border area — except for a brief trip to El Paso, Texas, in June.
But over the same period, Harris has made several trips to his home state of California, including on consecutive weekends between late June and early July.
Earlier this month, Harris fought for California Gov. Gavin Newsom in San Leandro, near San Francisco, as Newsom faced a recall election that he eventually survived to remain in office.
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Friday’s quick trip out of the West came as Democrats in Congress sought to advance President Biden’s economic agenda in the form of a $ 1 trillion two-partisan infrastructure bill and a $ 3.5 trillion so-called “reconciliation bill” with other spending bills.
Harris might be needed on Capitol Hill if the Senate were to stall in a vote, but lawmakers went another day Friday without action on the proposals.