Harris speaks to Canadian PM, pledges to maintain strategic partnership

Clay Curtis
February 3, 2021

U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday that the United States will do everything it can to bring Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor home from China, according to a statement from the White House.

It's her interview with a local news station in West Virginia, though, that's getting more attention - and not in a good way.

"I saw the interview, I couldn't believe it".

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority shares a sisterly bond to the vice president and they say they have her back one hundred percent. We're going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward, but we need to work together. I'm excited. I am fortunate to be a part of the same organization in which she's a part of and we want to make her proud.

"That's not a way of working together, what was done", he said.

The flap was an early signal of some of the issues Harris faces as she settles in and seeks to define her position within the White House.

The source said the call was less about Trudeau trying to deliver a message and was more about discussing the area where Canada and the USA can work together on a wide range of issues. "Manchin, as we have been for many weeks and will continue to be moving forward", White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.

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For the Covid-19 economic package to get through the door, Biden and Harris need Manchin to play ball; Harris' interview didn't seem to factor that in.

Harris made the pledge in a conversation with Trudeau.

"This is a constant, in every briefing or interaction you have with Kamala Harris about policy decisions".

Payne, who is Black, said that while Harris' history-making position as the first Black and South Asian woman to serve as vice president offers her new opportunities, it may also present complications. She will constantly have to ask herself the question: "Would a previous vice president be critiqued in this way?" he said. Manchin, according to WSAZ, noted that Congress has already invested $4.8 trillion in less than a year - a sum that, he said, eclipses the entire USA budget.

Manchin's support for a bipartisan approach to COVID-19 legislation appeared to put him at odds with left-wing lawmaker Sen. With no margin for error at all in the Senate, the president is sending a not-so-subtle message to West Virginia's Joe Manchin and Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema that they better toe the line or suffer the consequences. The responsibility is certain to keep Harris close to the Capitol when major bills are nearing a vote.

The Senate's 50-50 partisan split gives the White House little room for error and Manchin will be a key vote on any package.

It's significant that Harris specifically mentioned the stimulus checks to individuals.

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