Vice President Kamala Harris has become known for uttering a rather awkward cackling laugh at inopportune moments, such as when faced with a tough question or situation that she is unable or unwilling to directly address.
The latest example occurred during a meeting this week with the president of Poland, and it prompted the former spokeswoman of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to tweet that it would be a “tragedy” if Harris ever actually became the U.S. president, Fox News reported.
That tweet has since been deleted, undoubtedly for diplomatic purposes, but not before it had been captured and saved for eternity as a screenshot.
A Harris presidency “would be a tragedy”
Iulia Mendel, Zelensky’s former press secretary, tweeted and then deleted a tweet of VP Harris on Thursday, “It would be a tragedy if this woman won the presidency.”
— Benjamin Hall (@BenjaminHallFNC) March 10, 2022
Her tweet shared a video clip from Harris’ press conference earlier that day with Polish President Andrzej Duda that featured her cackling following a question about the plight of Ukrainian refugees and Poland’s severely strained resources in attempting to help the flood of refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of their homeland.
Only Kamala Harris would find it appropriate to laugh when talking about the topic of Ukrainian Refugees.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 10, 2022
Why would she laugh?
To be sure, the context suggests that VP Harris was not laughing directly in response to the question about Ukrainian refugees, but it still seemed rather inappropriate for the decidedly somber occasion.
Based on the transcript of that press conference, it would appear that the cackle from Harris was concerning a mix-up between her and President Duda about who should go first in answering the pertinent query.
That was the second time in that event that Harris had erupted in laughter over the confusion of which leader should go first in answering the questions from reporters.
The first instance came following a question about whether Russian President Vladimir Putin had a “political future” and whether the U.S. would support an international investigation into alleged “war crimes” committed by Russia in Ukraine.
As for her laughing quip about how “A friend in need is a friend indeed,” that was actually a callback to Duda saying the same phrase earlier, albeit attributed to Harris herself from their meeting before the press conference, with respect to the deep friendship and spirit of cooperation between the two nations and NATO allies.