In a Wednesday morning interview, Vice President Kamala Harris frequently dodged questions about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations on school reopenings under the Biden administration.
Harris was constantly questioned on the CDC’s guidelines released last week on their gradual reopening of schools, explicitly on the fact that teachers are not expected to be vaccinated, speaking to NBC’s “Today” show.
According to a readout from her office, Harris expressed to Macron “her commitment to strengthen bilateral ties between the United States and France and to revitalise the transatlantic alliance.”
According to the readout, Harris and Macron “agreed on the need for close bilateral and multilateral cooperation to tackle COVID-19, climate change, and promote democracy at home and around the world.”
A variety of regional issues have also been addressed, including those in the Middle East and Africa, as well as the need to confront them together. The Vice President thanked President Macron for his leadership on gender equality issues and for the contribution of France to NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, the release said.
On Feb. 1, Harris, who attended Montreal high school, spoke with Trudeau about “the desire of the United States to work closely with Canada on a wide range of issues, including combating the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing climate change, and expanding our economic partnership in ways that advance recovery and create jobs,” her office said.
On Jan. 22, President Biden spoke with Trudeau in his first call as president to the leader of a foreign country. On Jan. 24, he spoke with Macron.
Biden has also spoken with the leaders of the UK, Germany, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China, Australia and India.
While, towards the end of his tenure, Pence seldom spoke with world leaders, he did so regularly in previous years and often met foreign leaders on trips abroad.
Pence spoke with Trudeau on the phone in 2019 and with Argentina and Australia’s leaders in 2017. He met with the president of Colombia in 2018 and 2019. He met with Iraq’s prime minister in 2018 and Ukraine’s president in 2019.