She’s not been on the job very long, but White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is fully on the side of the President, going off on CNN during a briefing today. While talking to the press about the Justice Department’s decision to drop the case against Michael Flynn, a question from PBS Newshour’s Yamiche Alcindor prompted McEnany to say she once “naively believed some of the headlines on CNN,” then proceeded to call out the network.
“In 2015, shortly after the president said some Mexican immigrants are rapists and criminal, you said that language was ‘racist and hateful.’ Do you still believe that today?” Alcindor asked McEnany, referencing some old comments McEnany made on the network.
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“I was naively believing some of the headlines that I saw on CNN,” McEnany replied. She then pointed out that shortly after she made those comments, she became a Trump supporter.
“In fact, CNN hired me, I was on many eight-on-one panels where I proudly supported this president who I believe is one of the best presidents, if not the best president this country will ever have,” she continued at the briefing.
When Alcindor questioned if she was walking back those 2015 comments, McEnany cut her off, saying, “I support this president. There is no questioning that. I am so honored to work for him. Next question.”
Watch the full exchange below.