White House Briefing with Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: NPR

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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows chats with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany at a meeting Wednesday at the Oval Office. McEnany is Trump’s fourth press secretary.

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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows chats with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany at a meeting Wednesday at the Oval Office. McEnany is Trump’s fourth press secretary.

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Kayleigh McEnany did something that his White House predecessor never did on Friday: brief reporters behind the desk in the cramped spaces of the James S. Brady briefing room.

Watch the live briefing here.

McEnany, President Trump’s fourth press secretary, took over less than a month ago from Stephanie Grisham, who had chosen to work behind the scenes, saying Trump was his own best spokesperson.

McEnany, who graduated from Harvard Law School, gained prominence with his fiery defenses of Trump in television programs. She was a spokesperson for Trump’s re-election campaign and the National Republican Committee before Mark Meadows, Trump’s new chief of staff, transferred her to the White House for a redesign of the communications store.

Trump’s first press secretary, Sean Spicer, became the target of late-night comedy shows for his almost daily briefings. Under his next spokesperson, Sarah Sanders, the frequency of briefings has decreased.

Trump was his own spokesperson for much of the coronavirus pandemic, and for weeks on end he briefed the press almost daily. In March, when he talked about his team’s performance in the face of the crisis, Trump said his White House had “done poor press relations.”

“The only thing we haven’t done well is having a good press. We did a fantastic job, but it was not appreciated, “he said.

Trump said last week he wanted to stop his daily briefings, but he continued to answer journalists’ questions almost daily.

One of the first steps taken by Meadows, who took over as chief of staff in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, was to shake up press operations. He gave two of his longtime assistants – Ben Williamson and Alyssa Farah – key leadership roles and brought in McEnany.

McEnany’s debut in the briefing room was announced in a late evening tweet by Dan Scavino, Trump’s director of social media, who was also brought up by Meadows during the redesign of the press workshop.

On April 30, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany chats with reporters in the White House briefing room.

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On April 30, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany chats with reporters in the White House briefing room.

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The room, known for its iconic royal blue chairs, will be a little different for McEnany than for its predecessors. The White House Correspondents Association staggered the allocated seats to improve social distancing and reduce the risk of the virus spreading, leaving many empty seats in the space normally reserved for single people.



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