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Kayleigh McEnany has brought back in person briefings now that she’s been appointed to Press Secretary and her first few stabs at the job have not been uneventful. On her very first day, the media were labeling her a “liar” for saying the Mueller report cleared Trump of Russian collusion. I guess we are going to split that hair from hear unto eternity.
Today, McEnany was hit with a ridiculous gotcha question which tried to hold a statement she made on Fox Business months ago over her head. Some reporter posited that she said Trump “would not allow” coronavirus to come to our shores and asked if she’d like to retract that statement. Little did he know that she’d be loaded for bear.
She’s really good at this and it shows. We’ve missed this kind of whit with a smile in the press room, and it’s a very effect way to shame the media for their ridiculousness.
As McEnany points out, if we are going to asking people to take back things they said before we even knew this was a pandemic, the media should be at the front of the line. They printed countless stories downplaying the threat of the virus and bashing President Trump for his early measures. You can tell she did her homework and was expecting someone to bring up that clip of her from Fox Business. Instantly, she starts listing stories from NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, etc. that mislead Americans. Of course, not a single one was corrected, retracted, nor updated.
Here’s to more of this. It may be funny for us to watch Trump go at it with these reporters, but his coronavirus briefings likely hurt his formerly rising approval ratings. He needs to let his press secreteary take the lead, study up, and hit these people with facts every time she stands up there. If this continues, it’ll be very good for Trump’s re-election chances.