Vice President-elect Kamala Harris told reporters she has “not yet” spoken to current Vice President Mike Pence, while standing alongside husband Doug Emhoff as the pair made a surprise stop by DC Central Kitchen to thank CEO Mike Curtin, Chef and philanthropist José Andrés and the rest of their staff for their work combatting hunger.
Harris also said she couldn’t “speak directly” to whether she has spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or other Republicans on Capitol Hill. Harris, who once inaugurated will become the president of the Senate and presides over daily proceedings, was seen last week greeting GOP members with fist-bumps and laughs on the Senate floor.
“I can't speak directly to that, but I will tell you that it has been the priority for the President-elect and me from the beginning that we intend to and will work across the aisle to deal with these most impactful issues that are affecting people regardless of who they voted for in the election,” Harris told reporters.
Before the quick Q&A, Harris thanked the group, who combat hunger and poverty through job training and creation, according to the organizations website. Harris recited familiar statistics of the child poverty rate and the difference between charity and duty, and spent a few minutes talking directly to Andrés about her plans to celebrate the holiday this year without her larger family.
For his part, Emhoff talked about seeing the issue of food insecurity first hand during his travels for the general campaign and plans to incorporate that into his portfolio.
“I traveled the country and food insecurity was a big issue that I saw when I traveled all over,” he said. “As I’m figuring out the things I’ll be passionate about, this is definitely one of them.”