Washington – The new White House spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany, broke the silence of more than a year from her predecessors and this Friday she held the first press conference at this time.
“I would never lie to you, you have my word on that,” said McEnany, who said he is evaluating holding regular press conferences, but that no decision has yet been made.
In his appearance, McEnany stood firm and defended the postulates of the president, Donald Trump, who on Thursday threatened China with tariffs in punishment of what he considers to have been mismanagement of the pandemic.RELATED
However, at first McEnany, who came dressed in the dark with a gold chain around her neck from which hung a cross, seemed to be nervous, as several words got stuck.
Before asking him questions, the journalists “welcomed” him to the press room podium.
This is the first time that a White House spokesperson has appeared to journalists at a press conference since March 11, 2019, when she was the second spokesperson for the Trump Presidency, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, made her last appearance.
McEnany replaced Stephanie Grisham on April 7, who set a record for not holding a press conference during her less than ten months in office.
This Thursday, in an informal conversation, a group of journalists asked McEnany if he planned to hold press conferences on a daily basis, to which she replied: “Never say never.”
A few hours later, White House director of social media Dan Scavino announced on Twitter that McEnany would use the presidential mansion’s press room on Friday to answer questions from reporters.
For decades, White House press conferences were held on a daily basis and became part of the routine of Washington journalists.
However, Trump has little interest in delegating to spokespersons or explaining the nuances of his ideas and has been determined to be his own spokesperson through Twitter, where he often makes major announcements without first consulting his team.
In addition, the president has a hostile relationship with the press that makes him popular among his voting base and that has led to serious confrontations with some journalists, such as CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who he ordered to withdraw the press credential in 2018 , although later he had to return it to her.
McEnany, 32, is the fourth spokesperson for the president in his little more than three years in power.
She served as a spokesperson for Trump’s re-election campaign for a year and has been characterized as an unflagging advocate for the President, leading her at times to misrepresent the truth or make reckless promises, such as when she predicted the coronavirus would not come. never to the US, where there are currently more than a million cases.EFE News