McEnany to WH Press Pool: The President Is Not In Hiding
When there are disastrous situations in the country, President’s are expected to be public and present. George W. Bush was heavily criticized for not visiting New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Barack Obama also faced questions when he dispatched Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, rather than going himself.
Donald Trump has seemingly not learned from the mistakes of either of his predecessors. Since mass demonstrations began in the country, he has been unwilling to speak to the country, or even leave the White House. On Monday, Kayleigh McEnany took questions as to whether Trump was in hiding.
Geoff Bennett of NBC News asked, “Where is the president? Why has he not delivered an address to the nation as many of his predecessors have in a time of domestic crisis?”
The Press Secretary responded, “The president has delivered multiple statements on this. The president, as recently as 48 hours ago, was out talking about what a tragedy the death of George Floyd was, how it has weighed on his heart, and how he encourages peace and lawfulness in our streets in peaceful protest. So he has said that repeatedly and made many statements to this effect.”
David Jackson of USA Today then asked about a recent report about Trump hiding in a White House bunker. “There is a perception that the president is hiding in the bunker on the racial protest issue,” he said. “He was literally put in a bunker on Friday night by the Secret Service.”
When asked if she agreed that Trump hiding out was an issue, McEnany replied, “I would not. I would not agree with that at all.”
Watch a clip of the exchange below:
Watch: @PressSec fact checks USA Today's David Jackson claims that President Trump is figuratively "hiding in the bunker on the racial protest issue."
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