A snapshot of White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s briefcase revealed fascinating and somewhat confusing details about the inner workings of the White House press machine.
Ms. McEnany, fourth press secretary to Donald Trump’s presidency, is expected to answer a series of questions from the American media daily during press briefings of the White House.
She is renowned for her quick and abrupt appearances at press conferences, often concisely and aggressively diverting the challenges of members of the national press scrutinizing the administration and the president.
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On Thursday, Reuters photographer Jonathan Ernst captured a number of intriguing photos from Ms McEnany’s filing cabinet that seemingly provide a glimpse into all the possible topics the White House is prepared to provide a rebuttal on.
The photographs show the wide variety of topics that Ms. McEnany prepared for the information sessions, from tab titles such as “Absurd” to “China”.
Some of the more vague topics in the workbook include, “Hate”, “Lies”, “Golf”, “Wins”, “Schedule” and “Early”.
Other more explicit tabs relate to the current pandemic such as “CDC”, “Cases”, “Covid” and “Reopen”.
Certain tabs target individuals such as “Fauci”, in reference to the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, who recently suffered an increasingly tense relationship with the White House, and “Flynn”, probably in reference to Micheal Flynn, the disgraced former national security adviser to Mr. Trump.
“Mary” also apparently refers to Mary Trump, the President’s niece who last week published a scathing book on the President and his family.
The ‘Goya’ tab in the binder is likely to be about the ongoing backlash the president is facing over his recent release, and that of his daughter Ivanka Trump, of photos supporting the food brand following calls to boycott it. after its CEO Robert Unanue publicly praised the president.
“Hatch” may also refer to the controversy surrounding the photos, as reports have claimed that Mr. Trump and his daughter had violated the Hatch Law by promoting Goya on social media.
In total, more than 40 individual subjects could be seen in the filing cabinet, all labeled and easily accessible for all questions that could be returned in the manner of the secretary.
During Thursday’s briefing, Ms. McEnany received a number of questions covered under the relevant case tabs, including the President’s management of the coronavirus, testing, race relations and police brutality, and American “tensions” with China.
“This response has been extraordinary and historic,” the secretary said of the administration’s testing efforts and the pandemic response.
The United States confirmed more than 3.6 million cases of the new coronavirus and recorded more than 138,000 deaths on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.