Saturday, May 02, 2020

Trump's new press secretary seems to be as prone to lies as all the others

Yet another fresh new face arrives to take up the unenviable position of White House Press Secretary, a job few people want, and still fewer survive in for any length of time.
Kayleigh McEnany started her first press briefing with a confident, " I will never lie to you. You have my word on that." She then - surprise, surprise! - proceeded to tell the expected whoppers in a vain attempt to dig her boss out of various holes he has dug himself into.
She first lied about the cost of the Mueller investigation and the mistaken claim that it resulted in the "complete and total exoneration of President Trump". She then answered the question of why Trump would call the armed militia protesting outside the Michigan legislature "very good people" by saying that he was actually referencing people's First Amendment right to protest, whereas in fact he did not mention the First Amendment at all in his tweet. She then proceeded to claim that no-one is pressuring the intelligence community to determine how the COVID-19 pandemic started, whereas senior Trump administration officials are doing just that. And then, she misquotes an FBI note about Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's unfortunate first security advisor.
It wasn't an auspicipous start, but then it wasn't unexpected either. The very best you can say is that, like Donald Trump, she probably believes the lies she tells.

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