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Kamala Harris tanking in poll as she goes to ground on Afghan withdrawal

Americans have additional soured on Vice President Kamala Harris as she continues her radio silence on the chaotic and tragic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, a brand new poll signifies.

According to a Rasmussen Reports survey launched Thursday, 55 % of probably voters say the previous senator from California is both “not qualified” or “not at all qualified” to assume the duties of the presidency. By distinction, 43 % think about Harris “qualified” or “very qualified” to be commander in chief.

The similar poll found in April that 49 % of probably voters mentioned Harris was certified to grow to be president, although 51 % of voters had an “unfavorable impression” of her.

The poll was taken between Aug. 12 and Aug. 15, as the Taliban embarked on its sweeping offensive throughout Afghanistan that led to the collapse of that nation’s Western-backed authorities weeks earlier than the deadline to take away US fight forces.

Harris has not held a public occasion since final week, when she minimize brief a meeting with CEOs to talk about the Biden administration’s childcare proposals in order to obtain an intelligence briefing about Afghanistan.

Since then, she has taken half in at least four briefings with President Biden and his nationwide safety group, however has confined her public statements about Afghanistan to Twitter and didn’t seem at Biden’s facet when he tried to defend the withdrawal in remarks from the White House East Room Monday.

A big crowd on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, trying to flee the nation on Aug. 19, 2021.
OMAR HAIDARI/through REUTERS

“For two decades, our courageous servicemembers put their lives on the line in Afghanistan. We will always be grateful—and proud,” she tweeted Monday. “Ending U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan is the right decision.”

On Tuesday, Harris tweeted: “We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago. Now, our mission is to get our people, our allies, and vulnerable Afghans to safety outside of the country.”

It is a stark distinction from April 25, when Harris instructed CNN’s “State of the Union” that she was the final particular person with Biden when he made the decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan — and wholeheartedly endorsed the transfer.

“This is a president who has an extraordinary amount of courage,” Harris instructed host Dana Bash on the time. “He is someone who I have seen over and over again make decisions based on what he truly believes — based on his years of doing this work and studying these issues — what he truly believes is the right thing to do.”

On Thursday, Harris gave her first on-camera remarks in seven days, delivering a taped three-minute address to the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) digital conference. She praised their work overlaying the COVID-19 pandemic as effectively as what she known as “anti-voter bills that have been introduced in state legislatures across our country,” however made no point out of Afghanistan.

On Friday, Harris is scheduled to depart on her second abroad journey, this time to Singapore and Vietnam. She is anticipated to face shut questioning about what the calamity in Afghanistan means for US coverage towards China.

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