White House dismisses visiting southern border as 'political stunt' for Republicans

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dismissed politicians making trips to the U.S.-Mexico border as a “political stunt” Tuesday.

Jean-Pierre made the statement in response to questions about House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., making an appearance at the border on Tuesday. President Biden has yet to visit the southern border nearly two years into his presidency as the country wrestles with an unprecedented border crisis.

“I’ve heard that Kevin McCarthy is at the border, and the question we have for Kevin McCarthy–who’s soon to be Speaker McCarthy–is, what is his plan? What is he doing to help the situation that we’re seeing?” Jean-Pierre began. “He goes down there, and he does a political stunt like many Republicans do, but he is not actually putting forth a plan.”

“McCarthy has no plan. The Republican Party has no plan. They do nothing except political stunts,” she continued.

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tells reporters to not shout questions during a briefing with White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha during a briefing on COVID-19 at the White House on Nov. 22, 2022,

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