WATCH: Trump’s New Press Secretary Was A Pandemic Denier Until Recently
President Donald Trump has replaced outgoing White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham with his campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
While Grisham’s role in White House messaging steadily decreased as the outbreak grew in the U.S., McEnany spent time on the cable news circuits insisting that COVID-19 would not become a threat to Americans.
In February, she told Fox News host Trish Regan, “We will not see diseases like Coronavirus come here.”
And as recently as mid-March, McEnany insisted to Fox Business host Stuart Varney that there was no need to cancel Trump’s campaign rallies, despite public health officials' warnings that large gatherings were breeding grounds for the virus and should be avoided.
“Are you a little worried about holding those kind of rallies?” Varney asked on March 11, according to The Daily Beast.
“I’m not, because we have the added advantage here at the Trump campaign that our candidate happens to be the president of the United States, who is surrounded by the best and most talented health experts in the world,” McEnany answered. “Dr. Fauci said take it case by case and in a community where there’s an outbreak—”
Varney interrupted that Fauci “just said there should be no large crowds” during his testimony on Capitol Hill.
“Look, we have the commander in chief, we have the best health experts, we are taking it day by day, we are currently proceeding as normal,” McEnany replied.
Now, she will take over as White House press secretary.