Appearing on Fox and Friends, White House Press Secretary fired back at Fox News Host Chris Wallace who had criticized her behavior.
Per DailyCaller, Host Brian Kilmeade mentioned McEnany’s Friday briefing, saying that Wallace in particular had been angry about some of her comments, suggesting that she had also questioned the religious beliefs of members of the press.
“No I never questioned the religious beliefs of the press,” McEnany responded.
“Many of our journalists are great men and women of faith and differing faiths, whether it be the Jewish, Christian faith, the Muslim faith. What I was saying is, I was asked 11 questions as to why churches would be allowed to reopen. It was a bit peculiar to be asked these 11 questions in a row and for the onus and the focus solely to be on why churches are essential, I’ve never been asked why a liquor store was essential so I was merely pointing that out.”
McEnany went on to point out that she fields hundreds of questions on a daily basis.
“Journalists are not above being questioned themselves,” she said. “Journalism is a great and noble profession but there’s been a dearth of journalists asking the real questions for President Obama, the criminal leak of Michael Flynn’s identity, who leaked that identity, the dossier used to launch a three year investigation into this president to spy on his campaign why aren’t those questions being asked?”
“It’s journalistic malpractice not to ask those questions,” McEnany concluded.
Per Mediaite Chris Wallace called out White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany Sunday for, among other things, telling reporters what questions they should be asking.
On Friday, McEnany — in addition to taking a shot at reporters over the reopenings of houses of worship – went off on “Obamagate” and posed a series of questions that she said reporters should be asking about Michael Flynn and others.
Wallace played the clip of McEnany taking the shot at reporters on houses of worship and said, “I spent six years in the White House briefing room covering Ronald Reagan. I have to say, I never — and in the years since too — I never saw a White House press secretary act like that.”
Donna Brazile called McEnany an “extraordinary person” but said she’s not taking “the right posture” in her job.
Wallace also showed the clip of her telling reporters what they should be asking on the Flynn case, first remarking that “unmasking is pretty routine” and the crime in question was the leaking, before saying, “I have to say that if Kayleigh McEnany had told Sam Donaldson and me what questions we should ask, that would not have gone well.”
Jonah Goldberg called McEnany’s behavior “indefensible and grotesque,” saying, “There’s this cliche in Washington that President Trump wants Roy Cohn… as attorney general. What Donald Trump wants in a press secretary is a Twitter troll who goes on attack, doesn’t actually care about doing the job they have, and instead wants to impress really an audience of one and make another part of official Washington another one of these essentially cable news and Twitter gladiatorial arenas.”
Wallace even went so far as to say, “Kayleigh McEnany isn’t acting like she’s working for the public. She acts like she is what she used to be, which is a spokesperson for the Trump campaign.”
Josh Holmes defended McEnany and said that any spokesperson in Trumpworld “finds themselves under constant attack by the press.”
Wallace still remarked, “Let me just say, Sam Donaldson and me in the Reagan white house, we were pretty tough on the White House press secretaries and we never had our religious beliefs questioned or were lectured on what we should ask.”