The ever-classy Kayleigh McEnany did not out-right blast the new White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, she just told the truth. During McEnany’s time at the White House, the former press sec could always be seen with her giant binder and was rarely caught off guard with questions.
That’s a huge contrast to Psaki who rarely knows the answers to questions- no matter how simple. McEnany points out that she spend hours preparing before every press conference which included speaking to many officials and even President Trump. McEnany said that Trump gave her access to pretty much anything and had an open-policy with the White House staff that made her job easier.
“I wish Jen Psaki all the best, it is a very hard job but that being said, we took great pains in our administration to do hours and hours of research beforehand, days sometimes,” she said.
“I always knew where my boss stood. Unlike other press secretaries who maybe didn’t have walk-in privileges, I could walk in at any time … I always knew where his head was at, so I didn’t have to a ton of circling back because President Trump gave a lot of access to me.”
McEnany also took a dig at President Biden for staying in the “basement” and avoiding press questions. While Biden has occasionally answered questions shouted at him after formal remarks, he has gone 44 days without holding a solo press conference, a record for modern presidents.
“It’s exactly like the campaign. That was his strategy all along,” said McEnany, a new Fox News analyst.
“Hide in the basement, don’t talk to the American people … That’s what President Trump offered. He gave transparency. He was always willing to take questions, always willing to go to the podium, always willing to stop on his way to the helicopter. Transparency is what he offered, and Joe Biden vowed transparency. Now he’s set a 100-year record for not going to the podium.”
Clearly, Biden ‘the anti-free-press president’ also excludes his own staff in his plans. I’m almost willing to bet that’s because his handlers often don’t disclose their plans to him. That, or maybe it just slipped sleepy Joe’s mind that he is the president…
I also find it comical that Psaki, who seems to not prepare at all, has yet to handle a full press conference. Unlike McEnany who dealt with 3 times as many questions, Psaki has the pandemic protecting her and may have to take questions from a dozen reporters.