The clip resurfaced last weekend when a CNN reporter posted it on Twitter. McEnany called the post a “ridiculous turn” and said his remarks refer to Trump’s decision to ban non-US citizens from entering parts of China. She insisted that her comment was supported by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.
“When I said that, @realDonaldTrump had already taken early action: formed a task force and issued travel restrictions,” she wrote on Twitter.
Trump has long stressed his travel ban from China as a milestone that he says has saved countless lives in the United States. However, his administration’s response to coronaviruses has been widely criticized for being slow to step up testing and facilitate the distribution of essential supplies to hot spots. like New York and California. More than 10,000 Americans have died from complications from the virus, and the United States has well over 300,000 confirmed cases.
McEnany also defended the president’s reluctance to cancel his election rallies, despite mounting concerns from health officials over large public rallies, in a television appearance earlier this month.
“We have the added advantage here, during the Trump campaign, that our candidate happens to be the President of the United States, surrounded by the best and most talented health experts in the world,” she told L Fox Business host Stuart Varney.
Varney disputed his response, noting that Dr. Fauci had previously suggested that there shouldn’t be large crowds. McEnany quickly turned to an attack on former vice president Joe Biden, the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“Look, we have the Commander-in-Chief, we have the best health experts, we take him day by day, we are proceeding as usual – and look, Joe Biden, he is suspending his rallies,” said McEnany. “He was dying to get out of the election campaign. Man can only speak for seven minutes. It is therefore not surprising that he wants to suspend his gatherings. ”