Trump's Press Secretary Was Asked if Trump Has Ever Lied to the American People and, Well, She Didn't Outright Deny It
President Donald Trump has told around 16 thousand lies since his inauguration in 2017.
Whether it's about his father's birthplace, the path of a hurricane, or his administration's efforts to end protections to end pre-existing conditions, there is no lie too big or too small for the President to tell.
Naturally, that puts his White House Press Secretaries in the unenviable position to defend those lies—often with more lies themselves.
Some, like former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, were better at it than others.
Trump's latest press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany seems right at home.
Kayleigh was asked if the President had ever lied to the public, and her answer was...interesting.
Acosta: You have pledged in this briefing room to never lie to the American people. Are you saying the President ha… https://t.co/EqyJEHJnBH— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi)1590690433.0
One of the President's least favorite journalists, CNN's Jim Acosta, reminded Kayleigh that she began her tenure promising to never lie to the press. He then asked her if Trump had ever lied to the public.
"I'm around the President. His intent is always to give truthful information to the American people."
McEnany then pivoted toward a tried-and-true Trumpian tactic: blaming the media.
She then began citing headlines she falsely claimed were inaccurate—descriptions of a ventilator shortage and of a lack of preparation for the pandemic.
People noticed that she didn't give an assured answer to whether or not the President lied to the public or not.
@Acyn @williamlegate His *intent* wasn't the question. His *actions* are the question. Stop deflecting and answer… https://t.co/wRdqfdiBJZ— Monty 🇺🇸Curve The Curve🇺🇸 Boa (@Monty 🇺🇸Curve The Curve🇺🇸 Boa)1590691846.0
Had Kayleigh - intent is not doing. So enough with the word salad. https://t.co/njnvdy54Ic— Melissa Westbrook (@Melissa Westbrook)1590696084.0
@Acyn *intent*— Paulette Feeney (@Paulette Feeney)1590693600.0
@Acyn @Acosta Translation: His intent and his actual follow-through are two different things.— Res Judicata 22 (@Res Judicata 22)1590691084.0
Even the spin was a lie.
@Acyn She can’t make eye content with @Acosta as she lies— 🅂🄷🄴🄻🄻🅈🌿 (@🅂🄷🄴🄻🄻🅈🌿)1590690601.0
@Acyn Annnnnd that was a lie— Baby Ferrari (@Baby Ferrari)1590690523.0
Do better, Kayleigh.