New White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany launched a zinger at CNN during Friday’s WH press briefing when she was asked to clarify comments she made about Donald Trump in 2015. “I’m actually glad you asked that because for about the first four weeks of the election I was watching CNN, and I was naively believing some of the headlines that I saw on CNN,” she said.
YAMICHE ALCINDOR, QUESTION: The second question I have is in 2015 shortly after the president said that some Mexican immigrants were rapists and criminals, you said that that language was racist and hateful. Do you still believe that today? MCENANY: Well, I’m actually glad you asked that because for about the first four weeks of the election I was watching CNN, and I was naively believing some of the headlines that I saw on CNN, and– QUESTION: (INAUDIBLE) reading headlines. That’s fine. I just want to know if you also personally still believe that. MCENANY: I’m actually not–I’m actually not going to read the headlines. So I very quickly came around and supported the president. In fact, CNN hired me. I was on many eight on one panels where I proudly supported this president, who I believe is one of the best presidents, if not the best president, this country will ever have. But I would encourage the individual who did that analysis of my past, rather than focusing on me, he really should be focused on some of the very guests CNN chose to have on their network. He should be focused on–I mean, my–over here, Jim Clapper who said, you know, 10 days before he privately told investigators there was no evidence of collusion, that Watergate pales in comparison to the Russia probe. I’d encourage them to look at Samantha Power who’s privately saying, I’m not in possession of any evidence of collusion, Ambassador Rice, I don’t recall intelligence or evidence of any collusion, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, I do not recall that being briefed to me. And for three years, two years, probably more than that, CNN ran with the collusion narrative. And if the American people are watching right now, you’re probably very confused as to some of the quotes I read because those individuals were saying much different things publicly than they were saying privately. And I’m very grateful that those transcripts were released yesterday, and perhaps the KFILE should do an analysis of that. QUESTION: Are you walking back those comments today at all, or do you stand by those comments that you made? MCENANY: I support–I support this president. There’s no questioning that. I’m so honored to work for him, and Ebony, next question.