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Kayleigh McEnany said she “never lied” while serving as White House press secretary for former President Trump.
“And then there was the question, will you ever lie to us?” McEnany said on Sunday while describing her relationship with the press to an audience at the Young Women’s Leadership Summit hosted by activist group Turning Point USA in Dallas, The Hill reports.
“And I said, without hesitation, no,” she said. “And I never did. As a woman of faith, as a mother of baby Blake, as a person who meticulously prepared at some of the world’s hardest institutions, I never lied.”
McEnany said she knew going into the job that the press would call her a liar, even though she always sourced her information. The Hill reports that is why she often adopted a more confrontational tone at the White House.
“My dad said, ‘Kayleigh, you’ve got to come up with a motto for your press shop.’ And I did. And our motto was this: Offense only,” McEnany said. “Because I knew what we were up against. Republicans always get the bad headlines, always get the false stories, always get the lies, if I can use that word, told by the press.”
She said there is one standard for Democrats and another for Republicans.
“We must be on offense,” she said. “Confident, bold, and willing to call it out. We cannot be silent.”