Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said “I always knew where my boss stood” in reference to Secretary Jen Psaki’s need to “circle back” to reporters with answers to their questions.
Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade prompted McEnany, now a Fox News contributor, by asking her about her former job. He said, “Let’s talk about the job you used to have for a second. You had those big binders in front of you; I understand it. You had answers almost every single time. You knew roughly where they were gonna go. But listen to Jen Psaki’s new go-to line.”
Kilmeade showed a clip of Psaki saying she had to “circle back,” then asked McEnany, “You can’t anticipate every question, but is that acceptable? You’re like a crossing guard.”
McEnany answered, “I’ve said before and I mean it: 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 and hours of research beforehand, days sometimes, calling (former Secretary of Health and Human Services) Secretary (Alex) Azar sometimes, calling (former Department of Justice spokesperson) Kerri Kupec over at the Justice Department to get answers.”
McEnany continued, “The great thing about being in the Trump White House was I always knew where my boss stood. Unlike other press secretaries that maybe didn’t have walk-in privileges to the Oval, I could walk in at any time. I always knew where he stood. Before every press conference, I would go in with a list of items that I thought the press would ask and go through one by one. I always knew where his head was at, so I didn’t have to do a ton of circling back because President Trump gave a lot of access to me.”
Earlier, Psaki mentioned at a press briefing that she would be willing to go on Fox News with McEnany.