Tuesday during the White House press briefing, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was pressed on why she wasn’t wearing a mask at the podium, to which she directly informed the reporter, “I’m distanced from you.”
In another question, the Press Secretary explained to a reporter the consequences of keeping the country closed.
“I can’t help but notice you’re not wearing a mask. What’s the reason for that? Is that a television thing?” asked a reporter during Tuesday’s briefing.
“It’s because I’m distanced from you. You’d probably have a hard time hearing from me right now, should I have a mask on and not be muffled. I’m delivering information to the American people, and I’m an appropriate distance away,” said the Press Secretary.
“I had a negative test today, I had a negative test yesterday, and I’m in an okay place,” she added.
CBS’s Weijia Jiang asked McEnany about reopening the country, citing concerns from Dr. Anthony Fauci. “Does President Trump still believe in these [federal] guidelines, and if so, why isn’t he urging states to follow them, instead of asking them to move quickly to reopen?” she asked. Continued Below
McEnany told Jiang: “[President Trump] has encouraged the states to follow the guidelines.”
She then explained some of the consequences of keeping the country closed by listing: a decrease in cancer screenings, concerns over people with symptoms of heart attacks, stroke, and cardiac arrest may avoid hospitals. McEnany also cited a CNN report over an increase in deaths, due to suicides, drug abuse, and alcohol misuse. Video Below
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s official remarks:
Reporter: "I can't help but notice you're not wearing a mask. What's the reason for that? Is that a television thing?"
Press. Sec. Kayleigh McEnany: "No, it's because I'm distanced from you." pic.twitter.com/49ORLXIGWq
— The Hill (@thehill) May 12, 2020
.@PressSec brings up the consequences of keeping the country closed including:
-A decrease in cancer screenings
-Concerns that people with symptoms of heart attacks, stroke, cardiac arrest are avoiding hospitals
-Increase in deaths due to suicides, drug abuse, and alcohol misuse pic.twitter.com/jZJaZsEOrq
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 12, 2020