Merkel asked Harris about the role of authoritarianism and democracy in the United States, the vice president said.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order targeting President Alexander Lukashenko over an ongoing "assault against the democratic aspirations and human rights of the Belarusian people."
Boaters said they would not enter Cuban territory in an effort to avoid escalation and potential consequences.
"Nine people broke into our apartment, seized all the equipment and took Aleh away in handcuffs," Maryana Hruzdzilovich, one journalist's wife, told the AP.
"What hypocrisy," tweeted the progressive independent senator from Vermont on Sunday.
The arrest follows a Belarus military jet intercepting a Ryanair flight in order to detain a dissident journalist traveling from Lithuania to Greece.
Right wing populism has firmly replaced conservatism for many Republicans.
They are deliberate, substantive attacks on the rule of law, truth in political discourse, and Americans' rights, freedoms, and values.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a former National Security Council director and impeachment witness, warned that President Donald Trump's efforts to please Russian President Vladimir Putin are a direct threat to American democracy.
"Nero fiddled while Rome burned," Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said Monday during remarks at the Democratic National Convention. "Trump golfs."
The "Strategic Multilayer Assessment" suggested the U.S. is underestimating the threat posed by states such as Russia.
Donald Trump has all the traits of an authoritarian ruler and is unlike any politician the United States has experienced since at least the Civil War, two Harvard political science professors have found.