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    Vice-President Kamala Harris made her first foreign trip in her new capacity this week, flying to Guatemala for talks with President Alejandro Giammattei after Joe Biden entrusted her with spearheading the administration's efforts to battle migration from Northern Triangle countries.

    Vice President Kamala Harris has been mocked by social media users for handing out cookies with her face on them to reporters on Guatemala-bound plane.

    The VP was traveling to the Central American country on Sunday for a meeting with President Alejandro Giammattei, after Joe Biden tasked her with leading diplomatic efforts in the region amid the US border crisis.

    But it was not so much the VP’s first trip abroad in her new official capacity that caught the eye of Twitter users, as her ‘ministrations’ in the tail section of Air Force 2.

    USA Today politics reporter Courtney Subramanian shared a picture of Harris distributing cookies bearing her likeness, made in the style of her official White House portrait.

    ​The cookie gesture was sarcastically likened by GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to a "modern-day equivalent" of French Queen Marie Antoinette’s famous quote, “Let them eat cake."

    ​Republican congressional candidate Buzz Patterson tweeted to marvel at the Vice President’s “level of narcissism”.

    ​The cookie image quickly went viral on Twitter.

    ​However, other users suggested the move by Harris shouldn’t be viewed “out of context”.

    ​During her visit, Kamala Harris told the Guatemalan president that tackling the migrant surge at the border is a "shared priority" between the two nations.

    After talks with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday, Kamala Harris addressed the potential migrants to the US by saying: "Do not come".

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    Migrants cross the border in Del Rio, Texas

    Earlier, Giammattei blamed what he perceived as a more welcoming message to migrants by the new administration led by Joe Biden for the surge in arrivals.

    "The message changed too: 'We're going to reunite families, we’re going to reunite children’. The very next day, the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States," Giammattei was cited as saying by CBS News.

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