Chris Wallace Clashes with Kayleigh McEnany

During a White House press conference last Friday, administration spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany made a comment that offended many reporters in the room. It emerged from President Trump’s advocacy for churches across America to reopen. After reporters asked McEnany why churches should be viewed as an essential industry, McEnany replied: “Boy, it’s interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed.”

Fox News reporter Chris Wallace, himself a man of faith, was offended by the statement. On the air he commented, “Let me just say, Sam Donaldson and me in the Reagan White House, we were pretty tough on the White House press secretaries and we never had our religious beliefs questioned or were lectured on what we should ask,” Wallace said. Wallace continued by saying that in his six years covering the White House he “never saw a White House press secretary act like that.”

Last Sunday, in an interviewed on Fox and Friends, McEnany emphasized that shutdowns of church activity were preventing desperate people, such as drug addicts, from receiving social assistance from religious communities and violating American’s cherished right to religious freedom.

During the interview, Fox and Friends host Brain Kilmeade “Were you questioning the religious beliefs of the press?” EcEnany responded by saying that that wasn’t the intention of her remark and that many journalists are people of faith. Instead, EcEnany said her comment was designed to point out that “it was a bit peculiar” to have so many questions asked about why churches should reopen. “I’ve never been asked why a liquor store was essential,” she said.  

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