Vice President Kamala Harris on her first year in the White House: “We must fight consistently for the American people”


A year ago, Vice President Kamala Harris made history by becoming the first woman and first person of color to fill the role.

During that time, the government has faced numerous challenges, including the COVID pandemic, a failure to push through some of the government’s high-profile issues, and tensions with Russia.

Foreign Minister Antony Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Friday as tensions between Russia and Ukraine increase.

On Wednesday President Biden said Russia will be held accountable if it invades and it “depends on what it does”.

“It’s one thing when it’s a minor intrusion and we end up arguing about do’s and don’ts,” the president said.

Addressing those comments, Harris said the President has been very clear on the issue of Ukraine.

“If Russia acts aggressively, there will be serious and swift consequences,” Harris said. “We have made it very clear to Putin that any aggressive action by Russia will come at a high cost.”

ONE CBS News poll found that a year into Harris’ presidency, Americans gave her a 44% approval rating — as did President Biden.

Harris told CBS Morning that the polls “ebb and flow,” but consistency is key.

“We must consistently fight for the American people and their needs. And that’s the strategy of staying focused,” the vice president said.

Harris said she will not abandon the issue of affordability childcare despite the lack of support from Congress.

“We will not give up affordable childcare. We’re not going to abandon some of these issues that really get to the heart of what people need and want. They want solutions, they want things to be fixed,” she said.

When it comes to getting COVID under control, the vice president said the administration will continue to work toward normalcy

“If you look at where we were last year, where we were certainly at the start of this pandemic, we know that compared – compared to then we’ve seen a lot of progress,” she said. “There is still more to do.”

Harris also said the government will continue to fight for voting rights legislation that failed to pass in the Senate last night.

“We will continue to fight to get the legislation passed because that is vital. So we’re not giving that up,” Harris said.


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