“Thanks for the great reviews of the @ABC News show last night!” President Trump tweeted the morning after an event at City Hall with George Stephanopoulos, whom Laura Ingraham described as an “ambush”.
Fox News daytime host Sandra Smith seemed to have a different attitude when she spoke to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday and repeatedly grilled her in various cases where Trump seemed to hurt his own case that – despite what you might have heard him tell Rage author Bob Woodward – he actually “played” the coronavirus pandemic.
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McEnany cautiously ignored the president’s obvious mistake to Smith, “Well, the term herd immunity is a medical term, which means that when you have a certain percentage of a population that has antibodies, you have herd immunity. And it can be done through a vaccine or through previous illness that you develop the antibodies. “It is a medical term,” she repeated.
Then came Trump’s dismissive stance on masks. “A lot of people don’t want to wear masks,” he said at City Hall. “A lot of people think masks are not good.” When Stephanopoulos asked who these people are, the president replied, “Servant.”
“Doesn’t this just give critics more room to criticize the president for going against science?” Smith asked, stopping just outside to become one of those “critics.” “Science, Dr. Fauci and others say that mask-wearing is a good thing to protect the spread of this virus.”
In response, McEnany pointed to comments Dr. Anthony Fauci came all the way back in March about the relative efficiency of wearing masks. But as Smith pointed out, the medical consensus has evolved since then, as researchers have learned more about how the virus spreads.
“However, I think this point is that Dr. “Fauci today says it’s a good thing to wear a mask,” Smith told her. “And could not it by mistake make anyone in the public believe that the president is saying something, it is not a good thing to be wearing a mask, especially a waiter at restaurants, as restaurants are trying to reopen across the country?”
Without missing anything, McEnany said, “No,” because Trump has called mask-wearing “patriotic” and “had done it himself” a handful of times in public. “He will encourage it, but he will also notice the unintended consequences,” she added.