Senator Kamala Harris said Friday she plans to make a “soon” decision on whether she will aim to chair in 2020.
“I believe our country wants and needs leadership qualities that provide a vision of the country where everyone can see for themselves,” Harris said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when asked why she wanted to become president.
Harris was on the program to promote her memoir “The Truths We Hold,” which was released this week. In the book, Harris addresses the liberal critiques of her history as a prosecutor as she approaches a decision to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.
Harris beat the president during the interview because of his role in the partial closure of the government approaching the end of their third week. Trump calls for billions to build his long-promised boundary wall, which the Democrats have rejected, leading to a dead-end that has led to the closure.
“The President holds the American people hostage for this project,” Harris said. “This is a crisis when it makes its own.”
The senator said that the president, who had propagated the idea of declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress while building the wall, used “political manipulation” in the fight for the wall and threatened national security.