Talking Points Memo reports:
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was put on the spot by CNN’s Jim Acosta, who asked her if she could say that President Donald Trump has “never lied to the public,” and McEnany would not say that.
“Shouldn’t the president be fact-checked, especially this president, who has made so many false and misleading statements that he has put fact-checkers to work across the world,” Acosta said. “I mean he’s uttered some 18,000 false or misleading statements, according to the Washington Post.”
The closest McEnany could get to that was to say “I’m around the president, his intent is always to give truthful information to the American people,” and then return to citing examples of media reports that she found inaccurate.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany spars with CNN’s Jim Acosta over fact-checking:
“There is no one that should be fact checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things.”pic.twitter.com/TCApd99Rnp
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) May 28, 2020
.@Acosta: On Twitter – shouldn’t POTUS be fact-checked? Especially one who has made as many false claims as Trump?
McENANY: There’s no one that should be fact-checked more than the media
A: Are you saying Trump hasn’t lied?
M: His intent is always to give truthful information pic.twitter.com/4JKBwjpREx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 28, 2020