Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany took a swipe at her successor Jen Psaki over her penchant for saying she’d “circle back” to answer reporters’ questions.
Reacting to a “Fox & Friends” montage of Psaki using her oft-repeated refrain, McEnany said she avoided the stall technique because she was familiar with President Donald Trump’s stance on issues.
“I wish Jen Psaki all the best, it is a very hard job but that being said, we took great pains in our administration to do hours and hours of research beforehand, days sometimes,” McEnany said.
“I always knew where my boss stood. Unlike other press secretaries who maybe didn’t have walk-in privileges, I could walk in at any time … I always knew where his head was at, so I didn’t have to a ton of circling back because President Trump gave a lot of access to me,” she added.
Psaki has held daily press briefings after the Trump White House held them less regularly during McEnany’s stint, but the former president was known for his openness with the press corps.
McEnany also took a jab at President Biden — who has gone 45 days without holding a solo press conference — for staying in the “basement” and avoiding questions from reporters.
“It’s exactly like the campaign. That was his strategy all along,” said McEnany, who is now a Fox News analyst.
“Hide in the basement, don’t talk to the American people … That’s what President Trump offered. He gave transparency. He was always willing to take questions, always willing to go to the podium, always willing to stop on his way to the helicopter,” she said.
“Transparency is what he offered, and Joe Biden vowed transparency. Now he’s set a 100-year record for not going to the podium,” she added.
On Tuesday, a reporter asked Psaki if she would be willing to sit down with McEnany for an interview.
“Sure, I’ve done ‘Fox News Sunday’ twice now. I’m happy to go on a range of shows,” she answered.
“I will say that I knew [McEnany] a little bit, not well,” Psaki said. “I met her when we were both CNN contributors, and we did a few shows — I’m not sure how many — together.
“Like many Americans, we disagree on political issues, but we talked about our families, our spouses, sports, all sorts of things in the green room, and I certainly wish her the best in her future endeavors,” she added.