This Video From February of Trump's Brand New Press Secretary Saying the Virus Will Not 'Come Here' Did Not Age Well
After less than a year on the job and with zero White House press briefings to her name, Stephanie Grisham will step down as White House press secretary, returning to her work with First Lady Melania Trump as her Chief of Staff.
Stephanie Grisham is the third White House Press Secretary to step down during the administration of President Donald Trump.
Her replacement is one of the President's most devoted fanatics: Trump Campaign Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Since the President's 2016 campaign, McEnany has been one his most devout defenders on news networks, often to the chagrin of other hosts and commentators frustrated with her disregard for the truth.
With the news of her appointment, a clip of McEnany in a February 25 interview with former Fox Business host Trish Regan is resurfacing for all the wrong reasons.
On the same day Larry Kudlow said coronavirus was “contained” on Feb. 25th, Trump’s campaign spox made an even more… https://t.co/6jIsiHxhdI— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@andrew kaczynski🤔)1586012915.0
McEnany hailed the President and even blamed Obama for good measure, saying:
"This President will always put America first. He will always protect American citizens. We will not see diseases like [the virus] come here. We will not see terrorism come here, and isn't that refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
At the time McEnany said this, there were already 57 cases in the United States. That number has since ballooned to nearly 400,000 cases.
The video was considered an indication of what to expect throughout McEnany's tenure as Press Secretary.
Only the best and brightest in this Administration. @kayleighmcenany assures #MAGA cultists that #coronavirus won't… https://t.co/flBwm9h8vO— Mark S. Zaid (@Mark S. Zaid)1586016844.0
So the commentator on the right was fired from Fox News for spreading misleading information about #COVID19. The… https://t.co/1a9I6QNnIt— Simon Rosenberg (@Simon Rosenberg)1586273376.0
Here's Trump's WH press secretary on Feb 25 Where she says Trump will keep us safe from coronavirus calling it "ref… https://t.co/C7Euq31dLa— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah))))1586278416.0
I had to click on the video and make sure that those words actually came out of Kayleigh McEnany's mouth. And all w… https://t.co/QiWGtDV7BK— Ms Fisher (@Ms Fisher)1586018470.0
In the wake of the video's revival, a Trump spokesperson clarified that McEnany meant that the virus was no longer coming to the United States via travel from China, which Trump continues to brag about "shutting down."
But even that isn't correct. A New York Times report recently revealed that around 430,000 people traveled from China to the United States since Trump issued the so-called ban.
This instant was far from the first time the latest press secretary has sacrificed truth for fanaticism.
In one stunning exchange, she refused to acknowledge to CNN's Chris Cuomo that the President had ever told a lie.
Watch this extraordinary exchange on @CuomoPrimeTime. @KayleighMcenany says the president has never lied. "He doesn… https://t.co/etPNhZ2NbD— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter)1567044081.0
She also apologized after claiming that Obama went golfing after the beheading of journalist David Pearl. Obama was a state senator in 2002, and wouldn't become President for another seven years.
WATCH: Kayleigh McEnany: Obama rushed off to golf after Daniel Pearl was beheaded. Pearl was killed in 2002. Obam… https://t.co/CeD7OE9jBf— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1490676528.0
She attempted to spin Trump's botched order of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani as one of the greatest foreign policy moves of all time, despite the fact that it threatened to thrust America into yet another war overseas.
Kayleigh McEnany calls the missile strike “the greatest foreign policy accomplishment of the decade if not our life… https://t.co/Azi3DnhP5q— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi)1578022504.0
People have a chilling sense of what's to come during McEnany's tenure.
Guys, let's stop dwelling on Kayleigh McEnany's record as a lying pundit and focus a bit on her record as a lying r… https://t.co/eelIu3hwHR— John Fugelsang (@John Fugelsang)1586283601.0
@maggieNYT Big propaganda machine incoming— So-Called-PresidentSaysWhat? (@So-Called-PresidentSaysWhat?)1586288699.0
Kayleigh McEnany is legit the worst person who will ever hold the office of White House press secretary, and that i… https://t.co/UJeTJn0ByD— Matthew Chapman (@Matthew Chapman)1586284375.0
Considering that McEnany has demonstrated a willingness to lie without hesitation, it's possible the nation will finally have its first "daily" White House Press Briefing in over a year.
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