Harris meets Macron, signaling ‘new era’ after rebuff, both say
In 2018, Mr. Trump skipped a visit in a veterans cemetery further from Paris. In 2020, Mr. Trump denied an article in The Atlantic that he made fun of this graveyard as “filled with losers.”
Ms Harris will attend an armistice day ceremony with Mr Macron on Thursday and deliver remarks at the Paris Peace Forum as the highest ranking U.S. official to attend. Mr. Trump skipped the inaugural event. On Friday, she will attend an international conference on Libya with several heads of state, including Mr. Macron and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor.
After two previous trips abroad – the first to Guatemala and Mexico, overshadowed by an awkward response to a question she asked about the U.S.-Mexico border, and the next, to Vietnam and Singapore, overshadowed by the ‘Afghanistan – Ms Harris’ visit to France has so far been defined by her personal flourishes.
During a visit on Tuesday to the Institut Pasteur, a research center in Paris where her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, once worked, Ms Harris said her visit was meant to symbolize “a sign of the current state of the relationship and our dedication to the future. ” She visited two researchers, a French and an American, who are trying to determine why some people get seriously ill from the coronavirus while others have no symptoms.
She quizzed the couple about the emerging variants before mulling over in front of the cameras for several minutes her love for the scientific process – at least in relation to the political deal-making process she observed at home.
“They are starting from an assumption,” Ms. Harris said. “And then they test it – invariably knowing that if you try something for the first time, there will be problems, there will be mistakes.
“With us in government, we are campaigning with ‘The Plan’ – capital ‘T’, capital ‘P’ – ‘The Plan’,” she continued. “And then the environment is such that we are supposed to defend ‘the plan’, even when we deploy it for the first time, there can be problems and it is time to reassess and then do it again.”