White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany recently suggested that certain members of the press are making the pandemic all about themselves.
You only need to watch one of the president’s pressers to know this is true. The reporters seem more interested in gotcha questions than important information.
McEnany made the comments during an appearance on FOX and Friends.
Real Clear Politics has a transcript:
BRIAN KILMEADE, FOX NEWS: So the sparring continues with the press corps and I want to talk about China after this because the president has made a move to pull out our — our financial — some pensions out of China and their investment there.
But this was an exchange towards the end of yesterday’s briefing. Let’s listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
QUESTION: You said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Yes.
QUESTION: Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we’re still seeing more cases every day?
TRUMP: Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a question you should ask China.
QUESTION: Why are you saying (INAUDIBLE).
TRUMP: Don’t ask me, ask China that question, OK? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer.
QUESTION: Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically, that I should ask China?
TRUMP: I’m telling you. I’m not saying it specifically to anybody. I’m saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that.
QUESTION: That’s not a —
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KILMEADE: Do you want to expand on that? I guess she was saying that maybe the president was saying that because she’s Asian? Was that have any — did that figure into that at all?
MCENANY: No, that’s a ridiculous assertion. But what I would note is, leave it to members of the White House press corps to make it about them, to take a question, to turn around and somehow say, how dare you ask this of me, me, me. Well, guess what, it’s not about me. This is about the American people.
President Trump says ask China about this, ask China about the facts that they slow walked information, that alongside the WHO, that American lives were put at risk. China has some real questions to answer here, but leave it about the White House press corps to make it about themselves.
Here’s the video: