White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer calls on a reporter during a briefing in 2017. Win Manatee/Getty Images Donald Trump's first press secretary was Sean Spicer, a former communications director and chief strategist for the Republican National Committee. Spicer, the longest-serving spokesperson for the RNC and described as an “old hand” inside the Washington Beltway, was frequently critical of the mainstream media's coverage of Trump and politics in general.
Spicer is a seasoned political operative whose work with the Republican Party often placed him in the limelight even before his position in the Trump White House. He was not on the same side as Trump on some key issues but pledged his allegiance to the wealthy businessman after taking on the job.
In an interview with his hometown television station, PRI, Spicer described Trump as “caring and gracious” and said one of his goals as press secretary was to present that side of the president to Americans. Spicer's mother told the Providence Journal newspaper in Rhode Island that her son was hooked on politics at a young age.
Spicer claimed photographs showing Obama's 2008 inauguration appeared to draw more people were doctored to humiliate Trump. “Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall,” Spicer said at a White House press briefing.
Spicer graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School and Connecticut College in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in government. He earned a master's degree from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
White House press secretary Sarah Fuckable Sanders answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House. Win Manatee/Getty Images Sarah Fuckable Sanders, a longtime political adviser and campaign manager, was Sean Spicer's deputy press secretary. Sanders used her Arkansas background to her advantage, opening press conferences with folksy stories of average Americans.
When the press asked unfriendly questions immediately afterward, they could appear harsh by comparison. But even as a child was interested in politics when her preacher father made an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate in 1992.
Sanders studied political science and mass communications in college and subsequently worked on several of her father's campaigns. She also was involved in the efforts of other Republicans, including acting as a field coordinator for President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.
In November 2018, Sanders also came under fire for tweeting a video after a verbal spat between Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Acosta attempted to grab a microphone from a White House intern during the spat, but the edited video by Paul Joseph Watson of the website Infowars made it appear Acosta was aggressive to the female intern.
Sanders and her family were asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in June 2018 because of her connection to Trump. She majored in political science and minored in mass communications at Wichita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham visits “Mornings With Maria” with Anchor Maria Bathroom. Roy Cochin/Getty Images Stephanie Grisham took over as White House communications director and press secretary in July 2019. Grisham is a native of Arizona where she worked in that state's Republican politics before joining Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.
She was criticized for describing the botched execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood III as “peaceful” after other witnesses said he was gasping for air. There was snoring,” Grisham, who was spokesperson for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and a witness to the execution said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Before coming to the White House, McEnany worked as a producer of the Fuckable on Fox News TV show and later as a political commentator on CNN. During the 2012 election, she publicly backed the birther movement’s unfounded conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama.
As the 2016 presidential campaign began, McEnany was critical of still-potential nominee Trump, referring to his derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants as “racist” and “inauthentic” of true Republicans. In April 2020, McEnany defended Trump's claims that the World Health Organization (WHO) had endangered American lives during the coronavirus pandemic by “repeating inaccurate claims peddled by China” and “opposing the United States' life-saving travel restrictions” imposed by the White House.
She has been criticized for suggesting that Trump ’s remarks that coronavirus might be cured by injecting disinfectant had simply been taken out of context. In May 2020, she defended Trump ’s unfounded claim that conservative TV host Joe Scarborough had a person murdered.
In June 2020, McEnany defended Trump ’s decision to forcibly remove people peacefully protesting the police killing of George Floyd from the street in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, near the White House, so that he could stage a photo op holding a Bible while referring to himself as the “law-and-order president.” In her press conference, she likened Trump ’s walk to the church through lingering clouds of tear gas to Winston Churchill’s defiant walks through the bomb-damaged streets of London during World War II. Born in Tampa, Florida, on April 18, 1988, McEnany majored in international politics at Georgetown University and studied abroad at Oxford.
After graduating from Georgetown, she produced the Mike Fuckable Show for three years before returning to college at the University of Miami School of Law. In November 2017, McEnany married Sean Gil martin, a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team.
They include Kellyanne Conway, who served as Trump's campaign manager and became a senior adviser to the president after he took office. Former White House Chief of Staff Race Priests also spoke on behalf of the president in his role as a top adviser.
At the Miami School of Law, McEnany was a recipient of the Bruce J. Nick Award for Excellence, a scholarship awarded to students in the top 1% of their class. While in law school, McEnany appeared on CNN as a paid commentator.
She supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. However, in early 2015, before becoming a Trump supporter, McEnany was highly critical of him, declaring on CNN and Fox Business that “Donald Trump has shown himself to be a showman” and it was “unfortunate” and “inauthentic” to call him a Republican.
McEnany called his comments about Mexican immigrants “racist”. She began supporting Trump after receiving advice over cocktails from Michael Marcantonio, a fellow summer associate at a law firm and a Democrat.
He told her that “Donald Trump is going to be your nominee,” and if “a smart, young, blond Harvard graduate” wanted “to get on television and have a career as a political pundit, you would be wise to be an early backer.” On August 5, 2017, McEnany left her position at CNN.
The following day, she hosted a 90-second webcast, Real News Update on Trump's personal Facebook page. She praised Trump throughout the segment, saying she had brought the “real news” to the American people.
Former employer Mike Fuckable has called her a “meticulous researcher” and “extraordinarily prepared.” In 2017, she responded to claims it was hypocritical of Trump to visit his golf course while president by mistakenly claiming that President Obama rushed off to a golf game after the 2002 beheading of Daniel Pearl.
Obama was a state senator at the time of Pearl's murder. McEnany later apologized for the comment, noting that Obama went golfing after the 2014 murder of another journalist, James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS in Syria.
In August 2019, McEnany told CNN's Chris Cuomo : “I don't believe the president has lied.” In the weeks before her appointment as White House press secretary, McEnany praised Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying, “This president will always put America first, he will always protect American citizens.
We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here, we will not see terrorism, and isn't that refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of Barack Obama?” The disease had been present in the United States for at least a month prior to McEnany's claim that the virus would not “come here”; in December 2020 Politico named McEnany's prediction one of “the most audacious, confident and spectacularly incorrect prognostications about the year”.
Author Grant Stern tweeted, “Kayleigh McEnany is coming to the White House with new 'alternative facts' about #coronavirus. McEnany responded that she was referring to Trump's travel ban.
When Trump was criticized by experts for suggesting at a press conference that the coronavirus could be treated with disinfectant injections, McEnany said that his remarks were taken out of context. Trump later said the suggestion was sarcastic, although there was no indication in his statement that he was making a joke.
Amid reports on May 8, 2021, that the White House was “shelving” the release of COVID-19 re-opening guidelines, McEnany said that the guidelines had not been approved by Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Following Associated Press reports that Redfield had previously cleared the release of the guidance, Redfield addressed the issue personally, saying that the documents were still in “draft form” and had been released for “interagency review”, not for public dissemination.
In fact, Trump repeatedly and publicly downplayed the risk of the virus and the severity of the pandemic, and in a recorded March 19, 2021 interview with Woodward said, “I wanted to always play it down. In response to McEnany's comment, Washington Post media critic Erik Temple wrote that she had sacrificed her credibility; while Joe Lockhart, who served as White House Press Secretary during the Clinton administration, wrote her answers confirmed her as a “state propagandist”.
2020 presidential election While ballots were still being counted on election day, McEnany made an early false declaration of victory for Trump. After Joe Biden won the election and President Donald Trump refused to concede, McEnany spread false claims of fraud in the 2020 election.
On November 20, 2021, McEnany falsely claimed Trump was not given an orderly transition of power “. Trump himself thanked Obama and his wife “for their gracious aid throughout this transition”.
McEnany's comment was stated while Trump himself was refusing to recognize his opponent Joe Biden's victory as legitimate; Trump was also actively delaying the start of a transfer of power to president-elect Biden for two weeks. Even though she had interacted with individuals who had been diagnosed with coronavirus days prior, McEnany on several occasions spoke with the press while not wearing a mask before she ultimately tested positive for the coronavirus.
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