After Joe Biden faced backlash for using a “cheat sheet” during a press conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday, Kayleigh McEnany tore into the president saying the detail was “quite something” and that she never had that for President Trump.
During a segment on “Outnumbered,” McEnany highlighted that she had never experienced a situation like this during her time as the press secretary in the Trump administration.
“It is really something,” McEnany said.
“The question involves semiconductors. It also involved alliances and how it would be affected. I can tell you, I never had that level of detail to provide President Trump from a legacy print media outlet like this one,” she added.
“Occasionally, you’d have foreign reporters have a very nuanced question they want to ask him that’s trying to get a leg up in the briefing. But the idea that a reporter from the L.A. Times would give this, it really is something,” McEnany said.
In the video of the cheat sheet (below)m, you can see the pronunciation breakdown of her last name and “Question #1” handwritten at the top, indicating Biden should call her first.
“How are YOU squaring YOUR domestic priorities — like reshoring semiconductors manufacturing — with alliance-based foreign policy?” read the question in Biden’s hand.
While Kayleigh McEnany noted that while it was possible the reporter provided topics to the White House press team, she argued the team was given a heads-up so Biden could prepare his answer.
“I talked to several members of my staff who were in the lower press. I was in upper press and lower presses where you had interactions on a daily basis with reporters,” McEnany added.
“It’s really the front lines. And they said, no, nobody was coming to us with topics, with exact questions,” she said.
“Occasionally, we would get the topic, but certainly not the question. And they said to me, we put in the work. So when we came to you, and we said, we think this person’s going to ask this or that person’s going to ask this, it’s because we looked at their Twitter feed, we looked at their articles, we did the research, and we could surmise what we thought the reporter would ask. But it was putting in the work, not getting a head start, as it seems to be in this case,” McEnany said.
Last June, Biden accidentally exposed a cheat sheet with detailed instructions from his handlers.
“YOU enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants,” the note read, then immediately directed the oldest-ever president, “YOU take YOUR seat.”
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