Kamala Harris snubbed by Latin leaders at Summit of the Americas, lands gig on Caribbean climate, instead

Vice President Kamala Harris has landed a new trendy, woke Caribbean climate change gig which was announced following Latin leaders boycotting the Summit of the Americas.

The leaders of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico evidently all decided that the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles just wasn’t worth attending with Harris and announced they would not be going to it. The vice president will no doubt use that as an excuse for not addressing the “root causes” of illegal immigration.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan made the announcement aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, according to the New York Post. He asserted that the Biden administration will attempt to still engage lower-level Central American diplomats concerning the onslaught of illegal immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border but indicated a shift to climate change.

“The president will announce and then the vice president will lead a Caribbean Climate Partnership that’s focused on two things: First, greater energy security as we go through the transition by getting Caribbean countries access to low carbon energy sources. And second, climate adaptation and resilience,” Sullivan stated.

Sullivan was grilled by Washington Examiner reporter Katherine Doyle who wanted to know if the Central American boycott of the US-hosted summit will slow down Harris’ efforts on migration even further.

“If you look at the substantive agenda, substantive outcomes, and where they’re putting their name on the bottom line, it shows that they’re invested in the agenda we’ve set forward,” he contended, according to the New York Post.

“The fact that their leaders aren’t coming is in each case its own reflection of, again, these idiosyncratic decisions each of them are making and I honestly wouldn’t read too much into it one way or the other,” the national security adviser stated, attempting to brush off the embarrassing slight by Latin leaders.

Sullivan also announced that there will be a new migration initiative forthcoming.

“We’re putting on the table something that a lot of these countries are asking from us, which is labor pathways to the United States for both migrants transiting their countries and for the source countries — from citizens of their home country. And we’ll have announcements related to labor pathways,” he remarked.

He posited that the announcement involves “an interesting and very innovative new program between our Department of Agriculture and the United Farmworkers that is designed to ensure that those labor pathways meet the highest labor standards and are not used for abuse or for a race to the bottom.”

The leaders of all three “Northern Triangle” countries and Mexico ghosted the Biden administration by skipping the summit. Considering that Harris has been tasked with addressing illegal immigration, that does not bode well for her less-than-inspiring efforts.

Mexican President Manuel López Obrador confirmed Monday that he intended to boycott the summit after the U.S. refused to invite the authoritarian leftist leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, according to the New York Post.

Honduran President Xiomara Castro also decided against attending the event even though Harris traveled to Honduras to throw her support behind Castro when she was inaugurated in January.

According to US News, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei bluntly stated in May, “I will not go,” after the US barred entry of the country’s attorney general, Maria Consuelo Porras, over her “involvement in significant corruption.”

El Salvador’s president Nayib Bukele is also expected to skip the event. The Biden administration has criticized him for allegedly not respecting civil liberties in connection to a crackdown on gangs.

All in all, relations with Latin countries currently are abysmal and effective diplomacy via the Biden administration is apparently all but dead.

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