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Reporters Blocked From Kamala Harris Remarks To Troops At Pearl Harbor Without Explanation

Media access to Vice President Kamala Harris’ speech to US troops at Pearl Harbor was suddenly blocked on Thursday.

No explanation was given, according to the White House press pool, but the move came hours after two explosions outside Kabul airport killed 13 U.S. servicemen and 60 Afghans during evacuations.

The vice president’s staff informed the pool during the flight that their event with troops at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam would now be behind closed doors. No explanation given by the vice president’s team as to why he was changed to a closed press at the request of a pool member, ”the dispatch said.


Harris flew to Hawaii from Vietnam with a refueling stop in Guam.

His original schedule stated that Harris “would be participating in a troop engagement event at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam” and that there would be “travel pool coverage of this event.”

Harris was also due to travel to San Francisco, where she was reportedly perplexed for California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who faces a recall election next month. But now she should fly to Washington, DC, instead.

Harris had Afghanistan in mind today, as the White House said she had been briefed on the situation and her office released a statement about the deadly explosions, for which an Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility, around the same time she landed in Hawaii. She did not respond to questions from reporters as she left Air Force 2. Nor did she respond to shouted questions about Afghanistan as she boarded the plane to Washington.

“Today in Kabul, a terrorist attack killed 13 US servicemen. These brave servicemen died saving countless lives. They are heroes,” she said.

“Doug and I mourn the Americans we lost, we pray for the Americans injured in the attack and our hearts go out to their loved ones. We also mourn the killed and injured Afghan civilians,” Harris continued. Our country is grateful to all of our women and men in uniform, and especially those working today to bring the Americans and our Afghan partners out of harm’s way. And we will complete this mission. Today we honor those who gave their lives in the service of their nation. We will never forget.”

Pearl Harbor is best known for being the site of a surprise Japanese air attack in December 1941 which killed 2,403 sailors, airmen, Marines, soldiers and civilians, which was followed the next day by the official entry of the United States into the Second World War.


Although Harris’ remarks to troops at Pearl Harbor were not open to the media, the vice president’s office released a general description of the event.

While at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the vice president addressed 25 members of the military representing the six branches of active duty and the National Guard, thanking them for their service. She and the second gentleman then spoke individually with each member of the service, ”says his office.

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Original author: Daniel Chaitin

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