Kamala Harris criticises Trump over government shutdown

The first Indian-American to serve in the US Senate feels that the American people deserve better leadership than they are seeing 'under this President'.

Published: 10th January 2019 11:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2019 11:02 AM   |  A+A-

Kamala Harris

A file photo of Kamala Harris (Photo: California AG's office | IANS)


WASHINGTON: Democrat Kamala Harris, the first Indian-American to serve in the US Senate, has criticised President Donald Trump over the federal government shutdown and called it a "crisis of the President's own making".

Harris, in a CNN interview on Wednesday, said the American people deserve better leadership than they are seeing "under this President", stating that the shutdown has thrown lives into chaos. "It is a false choice to suggest that we're going to hold 800,000 federal workers and all of the services that they provide hostage for this President's vanity project," she said.

In the interview, the Democratic senator spoke about how her heritage as the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica has shaped her outlook on the plight of immigrants under the policies of the Trump administration.

In her new memoir, "The Truths We Hold", Harris described her anger watching her mother become a target because she was "brown-skinned" and how that has driven her efforts to enhance the legal and humanitarian protections over immigrants coming into the US.

Harris told CNN that she was blessed with a nurturing, happy, healthy childhood, but has been dismayed by Trump's vilification of immigrants.

"When we talk about the immigration debate, I think there is no question that there are powerful forces, including this President, that are attempting to vilify immigrants because they were born in another country," the former California attorney general said.

After the interview, Harris on Wednesday night again turned up the heat on Trump by blasting his insistence on holding out for funding for his border wall before reopening the government -- comparing the President's behaviour to how her 11-year-old godson might have behaved with his toy train.

"Any good parenting would tell you that you don't listen to those kinds of tantrums, and you don't reward that behaviour," she said during her first formal event for her memoir, which was held at Washington's George Washington University.

She argued that Democrats should not cave to those sorts of tactics. Harris' remarks comes a day after Trump in a primetime address to the nation appealed to the American people to pressure legislators to fund the border wall he wants and end the government shutdown.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp