On Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, visited a Santa Monica fire station, where Harris spoke briefly about the fatal shooting during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois. .
Staying at her home in Brentwood over the weekend, the Vice President arrived in a motorcade at Santa Monica Fire Station 2 just after 1 p.m., where she and Emhoff spoke to firefighters and posed for photos with them, according to the White House press pool.
Harris brought up the shooting in Illinois afterward, saying she planned to keep a previously scheduled trip to Chicago on Tuesday.
“So the president and I have been coordinating closely and being briefed on what’s going on right now with respect to the active shooter situation. We’re sending federal resources to local law enforcement on the ground to make sure we can help them in terms of catching the shooter and any ensuing investigation,” Harris said.
“But right now we have an active shooter situation and so we are putting all possible resources into monitoring that so that we can end that in terms of capturing that individual.
“I’m going to Chicago tomorrow morning to speak to the National Association of Educators NEA,” she continued. “And I was just sharing with some of our heroes, our local firefighters that some of what I’m preparing, unfortunately I was preparing it before – it resonates every day – it’s a whole section about what our teachers are going through. They going to school to learn how to teach our children to inspire their ambition to create future generations of leaders and our teachers are also being trained to deal with an active shooter.”
Noting her personal history with the California wildfires, the vice president also spoke to firefighters about what the administration needs to do “especially regarding federal support to local firefighters on every issue.”
“We had to be evacuated several times. I’m a California kid where you know drought and what that means. And the climate crisis and what that means in terms of creating an unsafe environment. Especially for you, who are frontline,” she said.
Harris has previously paid a surprise visit to first responders on one of his Southland trips, stopping at a Crenshaw fire station in December last year.
The vice president is scheduled to speak in Chicago on Tuesday at the National Education Association’s 2022 annual meeting and representative assembly.