White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany took aim at President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming all-female communications team on Sunday, tweeting that the Trump administration already had such a team in place — a claim that isn’t entirely true.
In her tweet, McEnany highlighted an article by The Washington Post. The article noted that Biden had assembled a diverse communications group made up of women, led by former Obama-era staffers Kate Bedingfield, who will serve as the White House communications director, and Jen Psaki, who will be White House press secretary.
McEnany wrote that Biden was getting undue credit and accused The Washington Post of “blinding propagandist Fake News proclivities.”
McEnany’s claim that President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence employ an “ALL FEMALE” senior White House press team is misleading and depends on a fine distinction over what constitutes a “senior” official. Trump’s press team, for instance, includes men like deputy press secretaries Judd Deere and Brian Morgenstern, who report directly to McEnany. Devin O’Malley, Pence’s press secretary, is also a man.
In Biden’s incoming administration, both positions like McEnany’s and O’Malley’s as well as deputy press secretary roles would be filled entirely by women.
In a response fo McEnany’s tweet, George Conway, the husband of former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, shared screenshots of Deere, Morgenstern and O’Malley’s Twitter accounts — all of which prominently state their job titles — and said McEnany’s remarks were “weird and pointless.”
Aaron Blake, who reports on politics for The Washington Post, also responded to McEnany’s statements in an editorial, arguing that while the Trump administration had certainly placed women in key positions, “three of the seven jobs Biden filled Sunday have men serving in the equivalent roles in the Trump White House. Call it ‘senior’ or anything else, the Biden White House’s communications team will feature significantly more women.”
A number of other voices chimed in on Twitter to chide McEnany for her remarks, pointing out what Blake described as “thoroughly odd parsing by the White House — almost as if it is looking for things to complain about.”