White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany would not have responded immediately when asked if President Trump or the White House would be held accountable if attendees caught a corona during a demonstration in Talka, Oklahoma on Saturday.
McEnany entered into an extensive exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta, but never answered the question directly.
“The campaign has taken some steps to ensure that it is a safe rally, temperature controls, hand sanitizers and masks,” McEnany told a news conference on Wednesday. “We are taking precautions.
CNN reported that participants in Trump’s upcoming rally they must agree not to sue the campaign if they are infected with coronavirus.
Rallygoers are invited to RSVP to attend the event and by registering, they must agree to a waiver stating that they recognize that “there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where there are people.”
Asked by Acosta if participants should wear masks, McEnany said they would not be asked.
“They will be given a mask, it depends on whether they make that decision,” he said, adding that “CDC guidelines are recommended but not required” and that they were “personal choice of individuals”.
McEnany later accused the media of lacking “internal cohesion” because they did not ask the same questions to protesters who came out across the country after the death of George Floyd.
Acosta said they were working against injustice, racism and police brutality, were not attending a political rally, and asked again if the President or the White House would take responsibility if people fell ill.
McEnany’s diversion attacked healthcare professionals who came out in support of the protests, and reiterated that the campaign had taken “certain measures to ensure that it was a safe rally.”
Asked later by another reporter if the White House position was that outdoor events and indoor events pose the same risk to the Korean, McEnany said it was the White House’s position that “the media should not make decisions about this. with their guidelines for us based on the social distance on political ideology. ”