Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner seemed very giddy and excited this week when she described the end of a White House briefing, where press secretary Kayleigh McEnany obliterated the media.
During a briefing on Monday, reporters didn’t ask McEnany anything about last week being packed with inner-city violence that saw at least six children shot and killed.
Instead, reporters focused the bulk of their attention on asking questions relating to President Donald Trump’s recent tweet regarding NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and the Confederate flag at NASCAR events.
“Finally, I would end with this,” McEnany said to conclude the press conference. “I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate flag. This president focuses on action. I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths that we got in this country this weekend. I didn’t receive one question about New York City shootings doubling for the third straight week, and over the last seven days shootings skyrocket by 142%. Not one question.”
“I didn’t receive one question about five children who were killed, and I will leave you with this remark by a dad. It broke my heart,” she continued. “A dad of an 8-year-old lost in Atlanta this weekend. ‘They say black lives matters? You kill the child, she didn’t do nothing to nobody,’ was his quote. We need to be focused on securing our streets, making sure no lives are lost, because all black lives matter. That of David Dorn, and that of this 8-year-old girl. Thank you.”
“Well that was quite the mic-drop,” Faulkner exclaimed as McEnany left the podium and the camera switched back to “Outnumbered Overtime.”
.@HarrisFaulkner bringing 🔥🔥 after hearing @PressSec @KayleighMcEnany's closing: "Well, that was quite the mic drop, because that's true with the grandfather and his daughter were saying….The question looms today, do black lives matter or not? And who do they matter to?" pic.twitter.com/TlkJBCZXIJ
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 6, 2020
Last week, the Trump campaign has named Hogan Gidley its new national press secretary, who will take over the position previously held by Kayleigh McEnany.
McEnany now serves as the White House press secretary.
Gidley will be leaving the White House and assume her old role as the national press secretary for the Trump campaign.
Gidley has served as the White House’s principal deputy press secretary since January 2019 and worked in the White House communications office starting in the fall of 2017.
Gidley has been involved with Republican politics for years and was former Sen. Rick Santorum’s communications director for his 2012 presidential run.
“I am overwhelmingly humbled and deeply appreciative to President Trump for giving me a front-row seat to witness history,” Gidley said in a statement. “My time at the White House has truly been a blessing beyond measure and getting to speak directly to the American people on behalf of this President has been an incredible honor. President Trump’s record-setting accomplishments have improved the lives of all Americans, and I can’t wait to get over to the campaign and fight for his re-election.”