McEnany Cites Media Errors After Acosta Claims Trump Has Made Numerous ‘Misleading Statements’

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta tried leveling another accusation at President Donald Trump, but he got some bad news when the White House turned the question back on him and the media.

During a White House press briefing on Thursday, Acosta suggested President Donald Trump lies and makes false statements all the time — and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tore him to pieces.

Acosta asked if Trump should be fact-checked by social media companies given how many “false and misleading statements” the president has made.

McEnany hit back, saying: “Look, if you’re going to get into the fact-checking business, there is no one that should be fact-checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things.”

It all went downhill for  Acosta after that.

Below is a partial transcript:

ACOSTA: “On Twitter, shouldn’t the president be fact-checked, especially this president who has made so many false and misleading statements, that has put fact-checkers to work across the world.

I mean, he’s uttered some 18,000 false and misleading statements according to ‘The Washington Post.’ If there’s any president out there who should be fact-checked, any political leader out there who should be fact-checked, isn’t it President Trump? And aren’t you trying to silence fact-checking by going after Twitter like this?”

McENANY: “Look, first I would say I disagree with all — if not all, almost all of those assertions that you’re making there because, look, if you’re going to get into the fact-checking business, there is no one that should be fact-checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things.

To give you a list of some of the most egregious ones, that ABC News in December of 2017 falsely reported that Flynn would testify that the President directed him during the campaign to make contact with the Russians. That was false.

In 2017, your network CNN botched their Wikileaks e-mail exclusive and forced to make on-air corrections.

CNN’s Jim Sciutto, another CNN one, dropped a fictional bombshell in 2018, in July, claiming that Michael Cohen would tell federal investigators that the President knew of the Trump Tower meeting.

And there were many more, not to just put the onus on CNN there. So if anyone needs to be fact-checked, I think it should be the media.”

ACOSTA: “News outlets make mistakes from time to time. We own up to those mistakes. We correct those mistakes.”

McENANY: “Not always. I have many you guys haven’t owned up to.”

ACOSTA: “We do on a regular basis. The President never owns up to any of his false or misleading statements or outright lies. You have pledged in this briefing room to never lie to the American people. Are you saying that the President of the United States has never lied to the public before?”

McENANY: “I’m around the President. His intent is always to give truthful information to the American people.”


This is the second time this week where Acosta has pretty much called Trump a liar.

During a segment Tuesday with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Acosta disgustingly accused Trump of lying about the connection between voter fraud and mail-in voting.

Government Accountability Insititute research director Eric Eggers says the Democrats’ plan for nationwide mail-in voting would send ballots to 24 million inaccurate and flawed voter registrations.

Eggers said nationwide mail-in voting would be wide open to fraud and abuse.

Eggers said mail-in voting ensures voters associated with those flawed voter registrations would get the chance to vote in the 2020 presidential election.