WATCH: McEnany Grilled Over Saying Trump Won’t Let Coronavirus in the County
The United States didn’t hear from a White House Press Secretary I’m over a year. That changed when Kayleigh McEnany replaced Stephanie Grisham in the role in early April.
And unlike her predecessor, McEnany has already held a few pressers with the White House press Corp. She had a more difficult day than usual on Wednesday as she was asked about her February comments where she claimed President Trump won’t let COVID-19 into the country.
While speaking with Fox News months ago, McEnany said, “This president will always put America first, he will always protect American citizens, we will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here, we will not see terrorism come here, and isn’t that refreshing when contrasting with the awful presidency of Barack Obama?”
The Press Secretary was asked about those comments by Reuters Jeff Mason. Mason queried, “In a previous life before you were press secretary, you worked for the campaign and you made a comment I believe on Fox in which you said President Trump will not allow coronavirus to come to this country. Given what has happened since then, obviously, would you like to take that back?”
An irritated McEnany responded, “I was asked a question on Fox Business about the president’s travel restrictions. 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.”
Watch a clip of the exchange below:
.@jeffmason1: Before you joined the WH, you went on Fox & proclaimed the coronavirus would not come to the US. Do you regret that?
McENANY: "I would turn the question back on the media, and ask similar questions."
Uncut deflection & whataboutism. She then ends the briefing. pic.twitter.com/DlJb206qOZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 6, 2020