New White House press secretary downplayed threat of pandemic, says Democrats are rooting for coronavirus


In radio and television appearances, McEnany, as spokesperson for President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, said the administration controlled the fast-spread coronavirus “under control” and said that ‘Due to travel restrictions imposed by the President,’ we will not see any illnesses’. like coronaviruses come here. ”

She also said that Democrats “are actively rooting against what is in America’s best interest”, including the rooting of the coronavirus. She said the coronavirus, like the scandals in Russia and Ukraine, was used to shoot Trump.

The Trump administration faces ongoing review of its preparations for the coronavirus pandemic, its slowness in providing states and cities with assistance in testing kits and personal protective equipment, and comments from the president and senior officials. White House officials downplaying the virus.

McEnany did not respond to a request for comment. The White House declined to comment.

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus coming here”

Speaking on Fox Business on February 25, McEnany said that due to the President’s travel policies, the coronavirus would not continue to come to the United States.

“This president will always give priority to America,” she said. “He will always protect American citizens. We will not see diseases like coronavirus coming here. We will not see terrorism coming here. And is it not refreshing by contrasting it with the terrible presidency of President Obama? “

McEnany defended his comments over the weekend in a series of tweets, saying, “Context is important, I have been asked about travel restrictions and I have stated my intention to do so. “

Speaking on Fox Business a day later, on February 26, McEnany said the president controlled the coronavirus.

“The president takes control, makes sure we are safe from the coronavirus,” she said. “And it does everything well. “

Attacks on Democrats

McEnany strongly criticized Democrats critical of the White House’s response to the coronavirus, saying they were rooted for the coronavirus and the stock market.

“What makes me so sick is that what is good for America, rather what is bad for America, is good for Democrats,” McEnany told Fox News on February 28.

“It is incredible that they think that way,” she said. “They are rooting against the stock market. They root for it to take root. They have a demented dream of overthrowing President Trump. It doesn’t matter how many Americans they destroy to get there. “

In March, McEnany continued to defend the president as the epidemic spread. On local Michigan radio on March 10, she said that it was the responsibility of the public to take adequate health policy measures, but that the situation was under control.

“It’s something that’s under control,” she said at the Frank Beckmann Show. “We have a president who has taken unprecedented measures and mandatory quarantines and travel restrictions, and he has taken all possible steps to protect the American people. I am confident that we have a great leader at the top, but it is up to all of us just to take these precautions. “

On March 11, during Pat Miller Show, a local Indiana radio show, she accused Democrats and the media of rooting a recession that she believed was not going to happen, adding that the President had prevented the epidemic from getting worse.

“They are trying to politicize it. Sometimes it seems like they are actively anchoring against what is in America’s best interest, “she said. “How many times have we seen them take root against the good performance of the stock market. You said to the media, “There is an inverted yield curve.” It was a few months ago, so a recession. Oh, recreational vehicle sales are down, so a recession. Oh, the coronavirus – we’re headed for a recession. It’s almost as if they were the cause of this result, which is sick and would obviously devastate the lives of the American people economically. “

“They are trying to score cheap political points,” she added. “We’ve seen it all along. The coronavirus is just one example. They tried it with Russia, with Ukraine. That’s all they can find to try to bring this president down. It’s not just the president. It is to withdraw the vote of the American people. It’s ultimately what it is. “

“This president has taken unprecedented steps to protect this country from the coronavirus,” she said. “It kept him from being much worse than he could have been, but leave him to the media and to the left to score these cheap political points.”

“The best authority in the matter”

McEnany also defended the president from criticism of him for saying he would continue to organize rallies, saying the president was the best authority to cancel events. Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden announced earlier that the planned rallies in Ohio would be canceled. In an interview, McEnany said that Biden was doing it just to quit the campaign trial.

“As he said before in politics, we are expected to shake hands,” she said at the Chris Stigall Show. “So I’m taking Purell with me. I’m just taking precautions and I was fortunate to be happy and healthy. And we have a president who is a commander-in-chief who has taken unprecedented great steps to keep this nation safe. It would be much worse if he had not implemented these travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines. “

McEnany added that the rallies “were going on as usual.” When asked what she would say to critics who said that continuing to organize rallies was “highly irresponsible,” McEnany said the president replied that it was safe.

“I would say the president says it is safe,” she said.

“Dr. Fauci said it depends on the location,” she continued, referring to the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci. “As long as you don’t have it in a warm place where there is a big epidemic like outside New York for example and it is safe to continue. So, you know, as long as the experts say this continues to be safe, then we follow this example and we will proceed as usual. And you will take the precautions as I said, but don’t panic because we have a president who runs. ”

The same day, in a controversial Fox Business interview with Stuart Varney, McEnany was confronted by news of Fauci telling Capitol Hill that there shouldn’t be large crowds

Varney said, “Dr. Fauci, who is also testifying on Capitol Hill, he just said there shouldn’t be big crowds. He said it. “

“Look, we have the commander-in-chief, we have the best health experts, we take this day by day, we are doing it as usual and watch,” she said. “Joe Biden, he’s suspending his rallies. Well, he’s impatient to leave the campaign trail. Man can only speak for seven minutes. “

“Look, the president is the best authority on this issue,” she added. “He takes into account the words of everyone around him. This would include (the Secretary of Health and Human Services) Alex Azar, who would include Dr. Fauci, who would include others. So I leave it to the president. Right now we are going as usual. ”

CNN’s Em Steck contributed to the report.


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