Vice-President Kamala Harris has faced pressure to visit the US-Mexico border, as she tries to tackle a record migration spike on her first official foreign trip.
Ms Harris was annoyed when a journalist asked why she had not gone to the US southern boundary.
Ms Harris responded, “At some point. You know… we are going to the border. We have been to the border.”
Ms Harris’s remarks came at the end of a two-day visit to Guatemala and Mexico, where she met both countries’ leaders in a bid to bolster diplomatic ties and help stem undocumented migration to the US.
Ms. Harris’s was also criticized by her own party after she warned against illegal immigration.
During her visit to Mexico on June 8, she said Washington aimed to boost economic development in the region. She and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said it was in the interests of both countries to address the root causes of migration.
According to reports, around 78,000 undocumented migrants arrived at the border this April, the highest total in more than two decades.
An aide to Ms Harris later said she had pledged $130m (£92m) in US aid to support Mexican workers’ rights. She has already promised $310m to alleviate the impact of the pandemic and hurricanes last year in Central America.
Vice President was again questioned about why she had not gone to the border as she spoke to reporters on June 8 in Mexico.
“It would be very easy to say,” she said, “we’ll travel to one place and therefore it’s solved. I don’t think anybody thinks that that would be the solution.”
However, Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki at the White House daily briefing on June 8 said, “I think that at some point she may go to the border,” “We’ll see.”