After two technical issues grounded Air Force Two, Vice President Kamala Harris had to return to the U.S. using a support plane.
On Saturday (February 18), Harris, who was in Europe to speak at Munich’s Security Conference, boarded a C-17 support plane to make the trip back to Washington.
The news of Harris’s use of a backup plane was revealed to the media through a Biden Administration official, who explained the event occurred because of “maintenance difficulties.”
The White House didn’t reveal further details regarding why Harris and her “traveling party” had to make the last-minute switch.
During her remarks at the Munich Security Conference — which focuses on international security threats — Harris explained that the United States has formally determined that, during the ongoing war with Ukraine, Russia has committed crimes against humanity.
Her remarks come days before the first anniversary of the start of the Russia-Ukraine war.
The Vice President also insisted that the U.S. would hold Russia accountable for the “horrendous atrocities and war crimes” committed during the Ukraine war.
She then addressed Russians directly, saying to those who had committed the crimes “and to their superiors… You will be held to account.”
Harris added that the U.S. would continue its support of the Ukraine judicial system, adding that “justice must be served” on behalf of known and unknown victims of the war.
During her visit to Munich, Harris also met with British Prime Minister Rushi Sunak, Finnish Prime Minister Santa Marin, and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.