Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany glanced at her successor Jen Psaki, saying she didn’t need to ‘come back’ to questions at conferences due to her access to Donald Trump.
Appearing on Fox News Thursday, Ms McEnany reacted to a montage by Joe Biden’s press secretary referring reporters to specific government departments or saying she would “come back” to certain issues.
In a jab to Ms Psaki, the former press secretary said “she doesn’t have to do a ton of bypasses because President Trump has given me a lot of access.”
She added, “I always knew where my boss was. Unlike other press secretaries who may not have walk-in privileges, I could come in at any time… I always knew where his head was ”.
Ms McEnany, known for her sassy responses and big bins of prepared information, recently took a stand on Fox News as a commentator.
“I wish Jen Psaki all the best, it is a very difficult job but that being said, we have taken great care in our administration to do hours and hours of research in advance, days sometimes,” a she declared.
Ms Psaki reported a return to daily media briefings as she stepped into the new role after their near disbandment under Mr Trump.
Ms McEnany also punched President Joe Biden during the segment, accusing him of staying in the “basement” and avoiding questions from the press.
“It’s just like the countryside. It was her strategy from the start, ”she said.
The comments come as pressure builds for the president to hold a press conference himself, after his latest attempt to answer questions was abruptly interrupted by a video feed from the White House.
Mr Biden, who is now 44 days away from his presidency, has yet to hold the kind of traditional White House press conference in which the president responds directly to questions from reporters.
By comparison, Mr. Trump held his first such press conference 27 days later, while President Barack Obama did so on day 20.
Ms. McEnany argued that Mr. Trump “was always ready to answer questions, always ready to step on the podium, always ready to stop in the way of the helicopter.”
While Ms. McEnany insisted that Mr. Trump had “given transparency” to the press during his tenure as president, Mr. Trump was also known for his harsh treatment of the Washington press, even calling the media traditional “enemy of the people”. Fact-checkers at the Washington post estimated that he made over 30,000 false or misleading statements during his four years of employment.
Prior to assuming the role of the former president’s fourth and final press secretary, Ms McEnany previously served as a commentator at CNN.
After leaving the White House, there had been a lot of speculation that she could take on a role at Fox before signing on as a contributor to offer commentary on various network programs.
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