Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, now a Fox News contributor, explained why she thought that her successor, Jen Psaki, was always stuck having to “circle back” and was never able to answer any questions.
Interestingly, McEnany didn’t blame Psaki so much as she blamed Joe Biden, according to Fox News and she said that she wished Psaki the best in her job.
McEnany told the hosts at Fox and Friends that because President Donald Trump had so much transparency and she always was able to know where he stood, that she didn’t have to “circle back” because of it.
“I always knew where my boss stood. Unlike other press secretaries who maybe didn’t have walk-in privileges, I could walk in at any time … I always knew where his head was at, so I didn’t have to a ton of circling back because President Trump gave a lot of access to me.”
She also said that of course that in the Trump Administration that they did “hours and hours of research beforehand, days sometimes.” Which sort of explains her well-organized, extensive briefing book that she could always rely on to have answers to questions. Jen Psaki doesn’t seem to have that same ability or well-researched resource, which is why she often seems left flailing for an answer.
McEnany also took a whack at Biden seemingly hiding from the press, staying in the “basement.” While Trump regularly spoke to the press, Biden has avoided holding a solo press conference for 44 days now, as we reported, definitely the longest time in recent memory for someone after they come into office. She said it was “exactly like the campaign. That was his strategy all along.”
“Hide in the basement, don’t talk to the American people … That’s what President Trump offered. He gave transparency. He was always willing to take questions, always willing to go to the podium, always willing to stop on his way to the helicopter. Transparency is what he offered, and Joe Biden vowed transparency. Now he’s set a 100-year record for not going to the podium.”
Unfortunately, for Psaki, she seems to have no idea what Biden thinks because he’s so under wraps, perhaps even to her. Perhaps even to him, at this point.
But it says everything about the difference between Trump and Biden. You always knew how Trump thought and he’d tell you, good, bad or indifferent what he thought about things. But with Biden, you’ll hear only a limited packaged for the PR soundbite and then he’ll do whatever the heck he or the folks behind him want.