Donald Trump‘s old White House press secretary has joined the Fox News team.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was officially welcomed to Fox on Tuesday. The 32-year-old participated in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner on “The Faulkner Focus.” McEnany discussed various topics, including what it was like being a new mother while also performing as Trump’s press secretary; she also discussed her feelings toward the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol domestic terrorist attack.
She claims she was taken aback by the rioting and initially believed it was going to be a peaceful protest. “I think at the beginning of the day, before everyone went to the rally, everyone was expecting peace,” McEnany recalled. “We had been to hundreds of rallies — I’ve probably been to hundreds at this point, certainly many dozens — and they were nothing but peaceful events, and we expected that day to be the same.”
She continued: “And then as those events transpired, it was disbelief, shock, somber, sad, horrified by the violence, and it was a very hard, difficult day in the White House, there is no doubt.” McEnany said she and other White House staffers all agreed the attack was against their beliefs. “It was a, I should say, widespread feeling, synonymous feeling, completely,” she said. “A feeling that everyone felt, the — just completely condemning the actions of that day. Horrified and very somber.”
McEnany also touched on her relationship with Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki. “I wish her all the best. I left her a note saying that much, we’ve met previously, one time, and she was very kind,” McEnany said. “So were some of her colleagues in the press shop and I left her a note, I wish her the best.” She added that she feels there’s a difference in how she was treated versus to how Psaki is being treated.
“I’ll never forget watching one of the early press briefings where she was asked about Antifa riots and I believe she said that she hadn’t spoken to the president about that. They let her move on, whereas if I would have been asked that about violence on the other side of the aisle…that wouldn’t have been an answer that flew, nor should it have,” McEnany said.