White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany spoke out on Tuesday to shred the upcoming debate moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News, accusing her of giving Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “some cover” by ditching foreign policy as a topic for the final showdown between the candidates.
“They set it up, didn’t they? They set it up exactly for Joe Biden,” McEnany told Fox News, referring to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).
“They are staging this for Biden,” she continued. “If you look through the topics, they’ve basically hand-selected [them] to set up Joe Biden for a win. It’s appalling what we’re seeing.”
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McEnany cited President Donald Trump’s impeccable foreign policy record, citing the peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates that he helped to negotiate earlier this year.
“He has a tremendous record,” McEnany said of the president. “Joe Biden … [has] had the worst foreign policy decisions ever — those are the words of [former Defense Secretary] Bob Gates. So, it couldn’t possibly be the topic, and Kristen Welker certainly gave him some cover, didn’t she?”
This came hours after Trump himself blasted Welker during an interview with “Fox & Friends,” claiming that she is biased against him.
“Kristen Welker is terrible,” Trump said. “I mean she is totally partisan; her father and mother are big supporters of Joe Biden for a long time. They’re supporters of the Democrat Party, and she deleted her entire account.”
The president went on to say that there are other options out there of unbiased people who could serve as moderators for a debate.
“There are people out there that can be neutral. Kristen Welker cannot be neutral at all,” he said.
Not stopping there, Trump also blasted the Commission on Presidential Debates, lamenting the new rules that have been put in place ahead of Thursday’s debate. These rules include muting both candidates’ microphone for the first two minutes that their opponent is speaking.
“The commission has lost tremendous credibility,” Trump said.