A woman who claimed to be a reporter stood up at a news conference to tell Kamala Harris that she had voted for her — with the network the nagging woman claimed to work for since calling her an impostor.
The woman, named Maria Fernanda, was one of only five people to call Symone Sanders, Harris’s press secretary, with questions.
Sanders told Harris earlier on Tuesday that the next question would come from “Maria Fernanda, from Univision.”
She stood up and said, The woman stood up and said, “Thank you, Madam Vice President.
‘For me it is an honor, because for the first time I was allowed to vote as a naturalized citizen. And I voted for you.’
Kamala Harris was in Mexico City on Tuesday, where she was questioned by a woman suggested as a Univision reporter. Univision said they have no idea who she was
Then she asked a question about women on both sides of the border.
“What are you going to do for them in the coming years?”
Harris nodded and said, “That’s a good question.”
The question was criticized for its fawning tone, but Univision subsequently issued a statement confirming that the woman “Maria Fernanda” had nothing to do with them.
“In Mexico, a person who has no affiliation with @Univision claimed to be a reporter for @UniNoticias to ask the @VP a question and compliment,” said Daniel Coronell, Univision’s president of news.
“Let it be clear to everyone that Ms. Maria Fernanda Reyes is not part of this media organization.”
Univision does employ a Maria Fernanda Lopez, but she is based in Miami, and her social media showed she was in Florida on Tuesday, not Mexico. The reporter who questioned Kamala was also named online as Maria Fernanda Reyes, although no further information about her identity has been released yet.
Harris press secretary Sanders told DailyMail.com on Tuesday evening that they were investigating the incident, amid questions about how the suspected impostor got so close to the world’s most powerful woman.
Jose Zamora, senior vice president of Univision News, told DailyMail.com that Univision’s real correspondent in Mexico City, Jesica Zermeño, was in the room at the time.
Photos of her at the same press conference have been shared online.
“The person has no relationship with Univision,” Zamora told DailyMail.com.
‘No idea who she is. And correct, our Mexico correspondent Jesica Zermeño was there.’
Jesica Zermeño, the real correspondent for Univision in Mexico City, was in the room at the time when ‘Maria Fernanda for Univision’ was called to ask a question
Zermeño did not answer when asked if she confronted the impostor.
Sanders tweeted in response to Coronell’s clarification: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re investigating this.’
Security at press conferences involving the president and vice president is usually high, requiring multiple layers of accreditation.
Serious questions will be asked about how the woman got in.
Some said the incident drew parallels to a December 2008 press conference in Baghdad when an Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, threw his shoes at then US President George W. Bush.
Al-Zaidi called out to the outgoing president, “This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog.”
He spent nine months in prison and now works for a Lebanese television station.
Harris was in Mexico City on Tuesday to meet with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the president of Mexico.
She answered questions about when she would visit the southern border on Tuesday and said it was “short-sighted” to focus on the symptoms and not the root causes of the migrant crisis as she completed her visit to Guatemala and Mexico.
She was haunted during her trip with questions about when she would go to the border with Mexico to see for herself the extent of the problem. And she showed her frustrations.
At a press conference in Mexico City, she shook off the idea.
“I think it’s short-sighted, for any of us involved in problem-solving, to suggest that we’re just going to act on the reaction rather than address the root cause,” she said.
Vice President concluded her two-day trip to Guatemala and Mexico with a press conference at a hotel in Mexico City. Questions about when she would visit the southern border continued to haunt her throughout the journey, but she replied by saying it was “short-sighted” to focus on the “reaction” and not the “cause” of a problem
Harris told reporters in Mexico City, “I also believe that if you want to solve a problem. You have to go where the problem is. She was supposed to return to Washington DC on Tuesday evening
Harris’s first international trip included stops in Guatemala and Mexico, 1,308 and 582 miles, respectively, from the Rio Grande, where families risk their lives every day trying to enter the U.S.
Conservatives have tried to burden Harris with problems at the border since President Joe Biden asked her to lead diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants.
They called her the “border czar”, criticized her for not holding a press conference on the matter and demanded that she visit the Mexico-US border.
For weeks she has tried to portray her job as one that focused on tackling the root causes of migration – from violence to corruption and poverty.
She stuck to the themes throughout her two-day trip as she laid out her approach.
‘I believe that too if you want to solve a problem. You have to go where the problem exists,” she said in Mexico City, about 500 miles from the border.
‘If you want to meet the needs of a people, you have to meet those people. You have to spend time with those people.’
And she said that as a politician from California, she was well aware of the problems at the border.
Previously, she snapped at reporters for overshadowing the border crisis on her first international trip.
‘Why don’t you go to the border, then you can see the full complexity?’ a reporter asked Harris as she answered some questions after a bilateral meeting with Lopez Obrador.
“Listen, I’ve been to the border before and I’m going again,” she said with an uneasy smile.
“But when I’m in Guatemala, where I’m addressing the root causes, I think we need to have a conversation about what’s going on in Guatemala,” she said, even though she’s in Mexico.
Harris held bilateral talks with Lopez Obrador on Tuesday during her trip to Mexico. The duo discussed stopping mass immigration from Central America through migration through Mexico.
The vice president said the “bottom line” was for the government to apply “equal weight” to what is going on at the border and “root causes” in countries in the Northern Triangle.
Republicans argue, however, that there is not as much attention, as neither they nor President Joe Biden have gone to the southern border to see the humanitarian crisis firsthand.
Vice President Kamala Harris lashed out when reporters raised the southern border again on Tuesday during her trip to Mexico. “Listen, I’ve been to the border before and I’m going again. But when I’m in Guatemala, tackling root causes, I think we should have a conversation about what’s going on in Guatemala,” she said with a laugh, even though she’s in Mexico
Kamala Harris and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met in a bilateral meeting in Mexico City on Tuesday as the vice president still refuses to visit the southern border but says the US is “entering a new era of relations”
However, Harris visits Guatemala and Mexico to see first-hand what kinds of “root causes” the US can help tackle there.
Prior to her bilateral meeting with Lopez Obrador, Harris said the US and Mexico are “entering a new era.”
When asked if Lopez Obrador would be committed to increasing border security in Mexico, he said: “We are very pleased to have her here and we will discuss that topic, but always address the root causes.”
Although both Harris and Lopez Obrador have been vaccinated, the vice president disguised himself for the meeting