During an altercation with CNN’s Jim Acosta, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany appeared to suggest that Donald Trump has never intentionally lied during his time as president.
After being called upon, Acosta asked McEnany if Trump should be fact-checked on Twitter.
“…especially this president, who has made so many false and misleading statements that have put fact-checkers to work across the world,” Acosta said, adding that the Trump administration is “trying to silence fact-checking.”
McEnany, visibly irritated, then claimed that it was the “mainstream media” that needed the fact-checking, not Trump.
Acosta pointed out that news outlets make mistakes from time to time but nevertheless corrects those mistakes, unlike Trump.
“You have pledged in this briefing room to never lie to the American people,” Acosta said. “Are you saying that the President of the United States has never lied to the public before?”
McEnany replied that Trump’s “intent is to always give truthful information” before launching back into a list of the media’s failures.
Take a look at the exchange in the video clip below: