The Trump team is now lying about lying
On Wednesday night, Trump reelection campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo. It was, uh, contentious. But one part of the back-and-forth between the two really -- and I mean really -- stood out. Here it is: CUOMO: You don't think this President has lied to the American people? MCENANY: Let me finish, Chris. CUOMO: You-- MCENANY: No, I don't think the President has lied. CUOMO: --have to answer that question, first. MCENANY: I don't think the President has lied. CUOMO: He has never lied to the American people? MCENANY: No, I don't think the President has lied.
Stephanie Grisham flashed signs this week of how she'll serve as Donald Trump's defender-in-chief, firing off a series of acid-tongued tweets and issuing a nearly 800-word op-ed to confront media outlets for their scrutinizing coverage of her boss.
The White House press secretary has operated as a largely behind-the-scenes force from the West Wing communications shop since being promoted in June, eschewing interviews and avoiding televised briefings.
Instead, Grisham has leveled her most biting critiques of the media off-camera, digitally defending the president via posts from her official Twitter account and on Thursday in a lengthy opinion piece she co-authored with her top deputy, Hogan Gidley.
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Thatsavaged The Washington Post for a the paper published Sunday about “Trump’s lost summer,” in which journalists Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker reported that many of the president’s advisers and allies considered the recent stretch “a period of missed opportunity and self-sabotage.”
But the last few months really constituted “a lost summer for the Washington Post,” Grisham and Gidley wrote in their op-ed in The Washington Examiner, arguing that Rucker and Parker “published an opinion article they claimed was news but that instead pushed their own personal political narrative.”
Thursday’s column in the Examiner wasGrisham has deployed an op-ed to attack journalism critical of the administration. As Melania Trump’s communications director, she authored in December 2018 a roughly 1,300-word published on CNN.com rebutting an by network contributor Kate Andersen Brower, who offered a negative assessment of the first lady.
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He also spent Labor Day criticizing the head of the AFL-CIO
On Friday, Grisham continued her line of attack against the Post, complaining on Twitter that the paper did not“the president’s directive to ease all federal student loan debt for disabled veterans,” nor did it “the first time in history a sitting United States president walked across the DMZ into North Korea.”
Journalists promptly clarified online that the Post did, in fact, report on, with several reporters Grisham for her false posts.
Grisham wasby some of the president’s critics after she CNN on Thursday for an on-air graphic mislabeling the state of Alabama as Mississippi.
Herscolding the network elicited a from CNN’s communication’s team, and came as Trump dug in on his refusal to acknowledge he erred in Alabama would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by Hurricane Dorian.
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Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is writing a book that is set to be released around the time of the 2020 presidential election. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.Sanders, 37, served in the very public role from July 2017 to July of this year, leaving on amicable terms and with President Trump’s encouragement to run to be Arkansas’ next governor. During her time as press secretary, Sanders faced both scrutiny and praise for how she handled the polarizing position.
The broadsides from Grisham against major media outlets, paired with her reluctance to advocate on-air on behalf of the administration, represent a departure from her predecessors’ approach to the role of press secretary.
Though Sean Spicer gained quick notoriety for his combative interactions with the White House press corps, he presided over televised briefings, and his interpretation of the position aligned most closely with those of previous presidential spokespeople.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders tapered off and eventually oversaw the elimination of the White House’s daily briefings, but emerged as a more dogmatic champion of the administration's agenda — bludgeoning Trump’s detractors and maintaining a consistent presence on cable news. She made heras a Fox News contributor on Friday.
Trump White House hasn't held a traditional press briefing in 6 months.
It's now been six months since a traditional briefing by a White House press secretary? Will they ever resume? Is there a downside for the public?