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When former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders left her position in 2019, we knew that her successor would have some very large shoes to fill.
We're glad to report that Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is just as fiery, quick-witted, and well-versed in the facts.
McEnany is just the fourth woman to fill the prestigious role.
She has fiercely defended President Trump and his administration and has now earned the respect of Donald Trump Jr.!
See Don Jr.'s tweet praising McEnany below:
While the media would prefer to play gotcha questions with the pandemic, Kayleigh McEnany isn't afraid to throw the fire right back at them.
Deadline has the details on McEnany's second day on the job:
In her second official briefing before the White House press corps, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked about a comment she made on Feb. 25 on Fox Business Channel, in which she said that because of President Donald Trump, “we will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here.”
At the time, McEnany was working for the Trump campaign as national press secretary.
On Wednesday, Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason asked her whether she would take the comment back, given what has happened since then.
But McEnany tried to turn the tables on the media, suggesting that a number of outlets also downplayed the threat of the coronavirus.
“I was asked a question on Fox Business about the president’s travel restrictions,” she said. “I noted what was the intent behind those travel restrictions, which is, we will not see coronavirus come here. We will not see terrorism come here, referring to an earlier set of travel restrictions.”
She added, “I guess I would turn the question back on the media, and ask similar questions. Does Vox want to take back that they proclaimed the coronavirus would not be a deadly pandemic? Does The Washington Post want to take back that they told Americans to get a grip, the flu is bigger than the coronavirus. Does The Washington Post likewise want to take back that our brains are causing us to exaggerate the threat of the coronavirus. Does The New York Times want to take back that fear of the virus may be spreading faster than the virus itself. Does NPR want to take back that the flu was a much bigger threat than the coronavirus? And finally, once again The Washington Post, would they like to take back that the government should not respond aggressively to the coronavirus.” She then wrapped up the briefing and left.
While the media was reporting data from the "experts," it's important to note that authoritative voices have been wrong multiple times during the pandemic.
The WHO blindly parotted China's claim, for example, that human-to-human transmission of the COVID-19 virus was impossible.
The data was wrong... or at the very best, incomplete.
Even new models appear to fluctuate every day.
But rather than partnering with the Trump administration to fight the pandemic, the media as well as prominent Democrat leaders appear poised to undermine the adminsitration instead.
This isn't Kayleigh McEnany's first skirmish with the media.
Before being tapped as White House Press Secretary, she served as a spokesperson for the Trump campaign.
In fact, according to The Wrap, McEnany's press briefing debut also had quite the verbal fireworks display:
Kayleigh McEnany appeared on Fox News for the first time as White House press secretary Thursday and wasted no time in insulting CNN and MSNBC.
Referring to President Donald Trump’s Wednesday night press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, the newly-appointed press secretary said, “It’s shameful that CNN did not take the first part of the briefing. They’ve made that a trend. It is shame of that MSNBC cut away from the briefing yesterday as President Trump praised American workers for making ventilators. The American people want to see their leaders and this briefing is the mechanism to do that and news organizations across the country that choose not to cover it and instead put up partisan individuals to put a lens on the news instead of hearing directly from their leaders… It is shameful.”
McEnany, who was responding to a question from “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy about how much longer the White House will continue the briefings, concluded by saying Trump’s leadership is driving news outlets “crazy.”
With Kayleigh McEnany as Press Secretary, we can surely expect more pushback against the fake liberal narrative that seeks to undermine President Trump.
Rather than reporting the facts, some outlets would prefer to filter the news to influence their readers.
This is becoming ever more appearant as the 2020 election draws closer.
Thank you, Kayleigh McEnany, for coming prepared to deal with the dishonest press!