Kamala Harris is taunted over planned Vietnam visit as Afghanistan crisis compared to fall of Saigon

KAMALA Harris has been taunted over her planned visit to Vietnam after the crisis in Afghanistan was compared to the fall of Saigon.

The vice president is due to visit the country as part of a trip to the region starting on Friday.

She had no plans to cancel as of Monday, The Washington Post reports.

But the visit has drawn ire from some who have compared scenes in Afghanistan to the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces in 1975.

That marked the end of the Vietnam War and became an enduring symbol of defeat after thousands of Americans and their Vietnamese allies were airlifted out of the city on helicopters. 

The costly war was hugely divisive in America and lasted almost 20 years. 

American troops had withdrawn from South Vietnam in 1973; two years later they announced its surrender and Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City.

Following news of Harris' trip to the country former White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted: "The VEEP writers could not have scripted this better."

Political commentator Beverly Hallberg said: "The WH comms team stealing @TheBabylonBee headlines."

The Babylon Bee is a satirical site; Veep is a political satire TV show that follows a fictional Vice President of the United States Selina Meyer.

Kevin McLaughlin added: "This crew makes Veep look like a drama."


Biden was forced to cut short his stay at Camp David over the weekend after The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after the government collapsed.

The country's president joined an exodus of his fellow citizens and foreigners, signaling the end of a costly two-decade U.S. campaign to remake the country.

Helicopters raced overhead throughout the day to evacuate personnel from the U.S. Embassy. Smoke rose near the compound as staff destroyed important documents, and the American flag was lowered.

Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger, from Illinois, spoke about the dramatic scenes from Kabul’s airport on Monday, with “people falling off of a C17 aircraft” in the mad scramble to get out.

He said: “This is going to make Saigon look like Disney World in comparison.”


Elise Stefanik, chair of the Republican House Conference, said: "This is Joe Biden's Saigon.

"A disastrous failure on the international stage that will never be forgotten."

But U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken rejected comparisons to the U.S. pullout from Vietnam.

“This is manifestly not Saigon,” he said on ABC.

Harris has said she was the "last person in the room" as Biden made the decision to pull troops from the country.

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