Sep 17, 2020
CNNs Kaitlan Collins Fires Back After McEnany Accuses Her of Selectively Editing Trump: You Could See Him Disparaging the Value of Masks
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During Wednesday’s White House press briefing, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins pressed White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on President Donald Trump’s comments about masks during his ABC News town hall.
McEnany said Trump was just talking about people not using masks appropriately and accused Collins of “selective[ly] editing” the president’s remarks.
Collins followed up with Brooke Baldwin later, noting what “many health experts in the administration have said” about the efficacy of masks.
“We simply asked who was it who told the president that masks are not good. Is there anyone besides waiters or any non-medical experts who have made this decision, this judgment call and told the president as much?” Collins said. “And we did not get an answer on that today in today’s briefing.”
“If the president had only been talking about people who improperly wear a mask, it would not cause the kind of backlash that it is. If he said that is a concern that some health experts have said, people would say that is right. But that is how the president responded to a question about why he did not institute a mark mandate and why he so often chooses not to wear a mask, which some people say could set a example. So we’re not selectively editing the president’s words. You could see him make the argument where he is basically disparaging the value of wearing a mask,” she continued.
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RNC chair wants to see Biden talk about policies during upcoming presidential debate
The RNC chairwoman is most interested in hearing about Joe Biden's policies during Tuesday's debate, she said Sunday.
“Fox & Friends Weekend” host Jedediah Bila noted that “there have been two very different campaigns leading up to the debate” and asked Ronna McDaniel, “How do you think that will manifest?”
“The president’s been in a debate for four years with the media that has been relentless with him,” McDaniel said. “He always talks to them. He's been the most accessible president.”Video
She went on to say that Trump is “actually running for president unlike Joe Biden, who is sitting in his basement, not talking to voters, hiding from running for president.”
“But Joe Biden has done this for 47 years,” McDaniel continued. “He has been in the political sphere, he is a trained politician and he's cramming right now.”
“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace was selected to moderate the first presidential debate scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Case Western University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. The format for the first showdown calls for six 15-minute segments – with each segment dedicated to a particular topic.
Last week, Biden said that he’s begun to prepare for the upcoming debate and that his preparation would intensify Thursday. Last week, President Trump also brought up Biden’s 47 years of experience and said that he assumes Biden’s “going to do great” during the first presidential debate, then went on to slam the former vice president.
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President Trump is reportedly taking a new approach to the upcoming presidential debates by preparing, which is something he didn’t do in 2016.
“I really want to hear Joe Biden talk about his policies, like getting rid of cash bail when we're seeing massive increases in crime across the country, this is concerning, defunding the police, raising taxes on American families,” McDaniel said on Sunday.Video
The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Tuesday announced the issues that Wallace has selected as topics for the showdown.
The brutal Supreme Court nomination battle, the worst pandemic to strike the globe in a century, a national economy flattened by the coronavirus, and the protests and violence that have flared in cities across the nation this summer will be among the topics Biden and President Trump will debate as they face off for the first time in the 2020 general election.
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“I hope Chris Wallace holds him to his policies because that's what the American people really want to see,” McDaniel said.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.Talia Kaplan is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @taliakaplan