Two top travel aides for Vice President Kamala Harris have decided to resign in the coming weeks. Karly Satkowiak, the director of advance, and Gabrielle DeFranceschi, the deputy director of advance, will depart, Harris's office confirmed to the Washington Examiner.
The duo's departures were long-planned, an unnamed spokeswoman for Harris told the Washington Examiner. Harris plans to visit Detroit next on Monday to encourage the city's residents to get COVID-19 vaccinations.
According to the Washington Examiner, the advance department is in charge of preparing accommodations and venues and other related tasks in anticipation of the vide president's arrival at a travel destination.
The administration has called for "advance associates," unpaid volunteers who will help manage the vice president's travel, the Washington Examiner reported.
After immense pressure to visit America's southern border, Harris trekked to El Paso, Texas, where she received a less than stellar reception.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) commented Thursday on the issue of why Harris chose to go to El Paso instead of the Rio Grande Valley where the crisis is more urgent:
"I'm sure her planners told her that if you're going to go down to the border, go to something that's safer to go to, that is, politically safer."
"The epicenter is down there in the Lower Rio Grande, the lower part of my district down there. If you look at the numbers that are down there compared to El Paso, you're not going to get a true picture of what's happening," Cueller said.