Can she go anywhere or so anything without a national tragedy taking place beforehand?
Kamala Harris is truly America’s bad luck charm.
The giggly Vice President departed Singapore more than three hours late Tuesday because of concerns about “an anomalous health incident” in Hanoi, according to State Department officials.
The State Department has frequently used the phrase “anomalous health incidents” when describing Havana Syndrome cases that have afflicted dozens of U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials who describe feeling ill and other unusual physical sensations after hearing strange sounds.
BREAKING: Kamala Harris flight to Vietnam delayed due to 'anomalous health incident' in Hanoi, a phrase the State Dept uses to refer to Havana Syndrome. Trip will continue.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 24, 2021
The U.S. has not determined a cause for the affliction, and the White House on Tuesday declined to say if the individual’s symptoms were similar to those in other Havana Syndrome cases.
Harris’ office did not offer an explanation for the delay, but her spokesperson, Symone Sanders, simply said: ‘You saw her get onto the plane. She is well, all is fine.’
Harris had been scheduled to leave Singapore for Vietnam, the second leg of a trip to Southeast Asia, at 4 p.m. local time. Reporters traveling with the vice president were abruptly sent back to the Shangri-La hotel shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time after being loaded into vans for the planned departure from Paya Lebar Air Base. Her plane eventually took off at around 7:30 p.m. local time.
While presidential and vice presidential trips can often run behind schedule, a delay of that length is unusual.
In June, Harris’s arrival in Guatemala was delayed when her original plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews with a technical issue. A replacement plane was swapped in.
The vice president has so far used the Asia trip to emphasize the U.S. commitment to the region and to warn about the threat China poses, particularly regarding territorial disputes.
But the timing of the visit overseas has left Harris defending President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. On Tuesday, she called the move “courageous and right,” while saying the U.S. was “laser-focused” on evacuating U.S. citizens and vulnerable Afghans.
Most believe Kamala will eventually take over for Sleepy Joe when he finally bites the bucket, but hopefully her inability to take an overseas trip without catastrophe will change by then.
Author: Asa McCue
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