A technical issue grounded the plane of Vice President Kamala Harris’ flight to Guatemala after about 30 minutes into the flight, Sunday. The plane arrived safely back at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. “I’m good. I’m good,” she told reporters after she deplaned. “We all said a little prayer, but we’re good.” She was on the first diplomatic trip abroad to Guatemala and Mexico to discuss the causes of migration. „There are no major safety concerns,” Harris chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders told reporters before landing. Harris’ flight was delayed two hours. In Guatemala’s capital she was greeted by Guatemala’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pedro Brolo.
President Joe Biden appointed Harris in March to lead the diplomatic outreach, just as the administration was dealing with a massive surge in migration at the border. More remains to be done on acute causes. The United States needs to work with partners in the local civil society, as well as the private sector, to empower the region’s young people to rebuild from the storms. Harris calls to action from the U.S. and international private sectors. Investment in northern Central America is critical to fuel economic growth. Northern Central America needs disruptive investment that catalyzes inclusive economic growth. That means the United States partnering with the private sector to force down formal and informal barriers to competition.