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Former President Donald Trump's White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany became infamous across the United States for her frequent lies on Trump's behalf, gleefully broadcasting them from the White House briefing room.
Since her tenure at the White House ended, McEnany took a job as a commentator for the conservative Fox News network, where she continues the unenviable task of defending Trump's policies while slamming President Joe Biden.
On Thursday morning—hours before Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law—McEnany criticized him on Twitter for not holding a press conference in his first 50 days in office.
50 days of Biden. No press conference. Why? The American People deserve transparency!— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany) 1615471750.0
Since his inauguration, Biden has held a nationally televised town hall and his administration continues to hold daily White House press briefings, reinstating the tradition after Trump's administration did away with them—going nearly a year without one.
During his tenure as President, McEnany and her predecessors insisted that daily briefings were unnecessary, since then-President Trump would often speak to reporters off-the-cuff ahead of boarding Marine One. When McEnany did hold press briefings, she used them to berate reporters.
McEnany demanded "transparency" in Thursday's tweet despite frequently defending Trump's insistence on concealing his financial documents from the public, as well as a healthcare plan he eternally promised would arrive in two weeks.
People weren't buying McEnany's criticism.
@kayleighmcenany Kay-lie...do you forget? 45's white house went over 300 days without a press briefing. The press w… https://t.co/09nmQoUa9e— CuriousCheeze (@CuriousCheeze) 1615480592.0
@kayleighmcenany Do you REALLY want to open the "press conference" topic? Seriously? Are you SURE you want to talk… https://t.co/79VY8bKA79— Singing Woman Walks Far (@Singing Woman Walks Far) 1615479862.0
@kayleighmcenany He has a press secretary for that. Suddenly you care about transparency, KayLIE? How's that aud… https://t.co/i7JVo0toyc— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️) 1615485568.0
@kayleighmcenany I'm so old, I remember when your former boss went THREE HUNDRED DAYS without one. Don't recall you speaking up on that.— Dealmaker Emeritus (@Dealmaker Emeritus) 1615476210.0
@kayleighmcenany There’s a daily 40 minute press briefing. Where all questions are answered intelligently and resp… https://t.co/iGRwhVITT6— Philip Morton (@Philip Morton) 1615498037.0
@kayleighmcenany As if you know what transparency is in the slightest. At least Jen goes out each and every day to… https://t.co/HBNE3vXYw9— Jess Balzer (@Jess Balzer) 1615477275.0
Even without a press conference from Biden, people felt his 50 days in office spoke for themselves.
@kayleighmcenany 50 days. A real Executive who can actually execute a plan organized a sweeping historic initiativ… https://t.co/CyWcEBepIE— Dear Friend (@Dear Friend) 1615495370.0
@kayleighmcenany 50 days of no lies, 50 days of help to American's, 50 days of no scandals, 50 days of no federal i… https://t.co/g36Hd3CvXL— Brenda Lee 😷 (@Brenda Lee 😷) 1615471869.0
50 days of Biden. No Kayleigh McEnany. Why? The American people deserve transparency and prefer @PressSec https://t.co/IxnQ2JuTis— Kyra Walker (@Kyra Walker) 1615531295.0
With Biden now halfway through his first 100 days, his administration is well on its way to surpass its goal of 100 million vaccinations before then.