Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reacted to Joe Biden announcing his first press conference nine days in advance on Wednesday to call the move “confounding.”
“It’s extraordinary that he hasn’t taken questions so far. It’s also confounding to me — as Dana Perino, one of my predecessors, pointed out — that they chose to announce it nine days in advance!” McEnany told Fox News. “A lot can happen then and one of the advantages is, you gauge the messaging. He [Trump] said it was the rule. He didn’t announce the press conference till the morning of.”
McEnany went on to explain why exactly she sees this move as so “confounding.”
“The rule during my tenure [was] you want to see what the news cycle is,” she said. “No one knows what the news cycle will be. No one knows what will happen and to put this pressure on it and have this buildup where we will all be watching this, it’s an extraordinary way to go about things. A confounding strategy and I’m not sure why they chose to deal with it.”
This comes after current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that “President Biden will hold a formal press conference on the afternoon of Thursday, March 25th.”
Biden has broken an over-100 year-long record without holding a press conference during his presidency, according to The New York Post. McEnany called out Biden for this last week, saying that she had warned the press about this when leaving the White House.
“I actually warned some of the reporters there in the press corps,” McEnany said. “In the waning days of the Trump administration, he didn’t do as much press availabilities every day as he walked to [Marine One] or those press conferences.”
“I said to the correspondents, ‘You’re getting a little taste of what it will be like in the Biden administration,'” she added. “I said I wouldn’t expect to see much of him. We haven’t. We’re still waiting on that solo press conference, we’re still waiting for the day, apparently by the end of the month.”