Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany takes the questions for the first time from the James Brady Briefing Room. Here’s what she said.
Is the seniors’ event today about shoring up Trump’s approval rating with seniors?
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “No not in the slightest. Seniors are a vulnerable population, they’ve been hit by this hard so the president wants to show the steps this administration has been taking to protect seniors. Nothing to do with polling but everything to do with ensuring that our nation’s seniors feel protected at this time.”
How does the president Trump feel about dropping in the polls?
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “The president is concerned about one thing and one thing alone and that’s protecting the health and well being of the American people.”
Trump says China is doing everything to prevent him from being elected. What does he think they’re doing?
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “Why would China want to reelect a president that finally had the courage to go toe to toe (with them)? He just is noting the fact China would like to see someone else in this position”.
Jared Kushner’s comments framing this as a success for the administration appear inappropriate at the time when more than 60,000 have died?
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “I think Jared has been taken entirely out of context. What Jared is referring to is when we came into this there was this discussion about ventilators, for example, there would be this ventilator shortage in New York, needing 40,000 ventilators, and the success story is that this administration mobilized the greatest efforts since WWII that we provided something like 4000 ventilators to New York…Not a single American died in this country for lack of a ventilator. I would call that response a success.”
What about a Washington Post report saying the admin is weighing a move to allow US citizens to sue China?
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “I’m not at all read into that issue.”
What’s the guidance on future Ohio trip?
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “I don’t have any guidance to give you. I know the Arizona trip will be Tuesday at Honeywell.”
Are you going to be taking the podium soon?
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “Never say never.”
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