“No. I don’t think America is a racist country, but we need to speak the truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today,” Harris said. “Frankly, I commend the President for his ability and courage to speak the truth about it.”
Harris noted that the domestic terrorism exposed by white supremacists was “one of the greatest threats to our national security.”
He continued, “These are the problems we have to face, it is not – it will not help to heal our country, unite us as a people and ignore its realities. Without need. “
During the speech, Biden outlined his plans for a major budget that would revitalize the U.S. economy, spending trillions of dollars on physical infrastructure, which management calls “human infrastructure.”
As for concerns about the size and scope of infrastructure projects, Harris said management comes from “multiple meetings” with Republicans and Democrats and reaffirmed the White House’s broad definition of both parties.
“We are very serious about it and very sincere in our belief that we can reflect the bipartisan nature of the American people in these matters,” he said.
Harris addressed some of his immediate plans to tackle the crisis on the U.S. southern border.
The vast majority of illegal immigrants to the United States have been assigned by the Vice President the role of leading diplomatic efforts in the Northern Triangle. He reiterated that his focus was on the root causes of immigration, outlining his conversations with cabinet members Gina Raimonto, commerce secretary and Tom Wilsak, secretary of agriculture, and heads of state and others.
“It’s not going to be fixed overnight … but we’re willing to invest and go there for a long time,” he said.
CNN’s Claire Foren and Carolyn Kelly contributed to the report.