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Biden and Psaki have either rescheduled or cut short planned vacations.
Harris has been working regularly, with numerous public appearances.
The day the Taliban declared the war over in Afghanistan, after swiftly seizing the country as U.S. troops departed, President Joe Biden’s administration was attacked on social media as having been off duty.
"Joe Biden is on a 2 week vacation. Kamala Harris has been nonexistent since Inauguration Day. Jen Psaki is taking a break from her duties as Press Secretary for one week," an Aug. 16 Instagram post that claimed. "The country has questions, and there is nobody to answer them. This administration is a joke."
Biden had planned to take a two-week vacation, but interrupted it and cut it short. Harris has been active on several fronts, including Afghanistan. Psaki had planned to be on vacation, but reported to work.
Here are the details, based on news reports and Factbase’s listing of Biden’s public schedule.
But Biden returned to Washington for two days. He arrived at the White House late on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 10; he and Harris gave remarks on the Senate’s passage of an infrastructure bill. He stayed until Thursday, Aug. 12, arriving home in Delaware late in the afternoon.
On the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 13, Biden went from Delaware to Camp David.
Biden interrupted his vacation on Monday, Aug. 16, the day the Taliban declared the war over, and arrived in Washington that afternoon. He gave a speech at the White House on the Afghanistan situation, then returned to Camp David.
So, for the nine days from Monday, Aug. 9, through Tuesday, Aug. 17, during a period when Biden was expected to be on vacation, he was in Washington for all or part of five days — the 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th and 17th. He was not on vacation for two weeks.
While in Delaware and at Camp David, Biden continued some duties, including receiving briefings, although some days, no public events were scheduled. Moreover, the White House staffers travel with the president while he is vacationing.
The Los Angeles Times reported Aug. 18 that Harris "has been, at least visually, front and center as President Biden has overseen America’s retreat from Afghanistan. She attends most of his security briefings and had to leave a meeting with business leaders Thursday afternoon to attend an urgent intelligence session as the Taliban rapidly cemented control over the country."
Harris has been active on other fronts. For example, in July, Harris released a strategy addressing root causes of migration; and in June, she began leading the administration's effort to bolster voting rights across the nation. Also in June, Harris took her first foreign trip as vice president, visiting Mexico and Guatemala to discuss strategy on stemming migration.
On Aug. 16, the day the Taliban declared the war in Afghanistan over, an Instagram post claimed: "Joe Biden is on a two-week vacation. Kamala Harris has been nonexistent since Inauguration Day. Jen Psaki is taking a break from her duties as press secretary for one week."
Biden had planned to take a two-week vacation starting sometime during the week of Aug. 9, but he interrupted the vacation to return twice to Washington, and then cut it short. Harris has been active, including with the Afghanistan crisis, and Psaki reported to work on Aug. 16, the first weekday that she was to have been on a one-week vacation.
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Instagram, post, Aug. 16, 2021
Factbase, "Joe Biden — President's Public Schedule," accessed Aug. 20, 2021
Al Jazeera, "Taliban says ‘war is over in Afghanistan,’" Aug 16, 2021
CNN, "Harris lays out voting rights strategy as she meets with Texas lawmakers," June 16, 2021
Los Angeles Times, "Kamala Harris has touted her role on Afghanistan policy. Now, she owns it too," Aug. 18, 2021
Los Angeles Times, "Harris releases broad strategy addressing root causes of migration," July 29, 2021
Washington Post, "72 hours at Camp David: Inside Biden’s lagging response to the fall of Afghanistan," Aug. 17, 2021
Fox News, "Biden cuts vacation short, returns to the White House," Aug. 17, 2021
Washington Times, "Biden cuts vacation short, returns to White House," Aug. 17, 2021
Associated Press, "Vacation Interrupted: Biden's Getaway Plans Shift by the Day," Aug. 10, 2021
National Public Radio, "Dela-Where He'd Rather Be: Come The Weekend, Biden Leaves D.C.," Aug. 7, 2021
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