White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany would not directly answer the question of whether President Trump or the White House would take responsibility if participants caught the coronavirus during a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma scheduled for Saturday.
McEnany entered into an extended exchange with CNN’s Jim Acost, but never answered the question directly.
“The campaign has taken certain measures to ensure this is a safe rally, temperature check, hand protection and masks,” McEnany said during a briefing Wednesday. “We are taking precautions.
CNN reported that they were attending Trump’s upcoming rally he must agree not to sue campaign if contracted coronavirus.
Rallygoers are required by the RSVP to gain access to the event, and by registering they must agree to a disclaimer stating that “the inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.”
Asked by Acosta if he would ask participants for masks, McEnany said he would not need them.
“They will get a mask, it’s up to them whether they make a decision,” she said, adding that “recommendations for the CDC are recommended but not necessary” and that it is “the personal choice of individuals.”
McEnany then accused the media of a lack of “internal coherence” for not asking the same questions to protesters who came out across the country after George Floyd’s death.
Acosta pointed out that they marched against injustice, racism and police brutality, not attending a political rally, and again asked whether the president or the White House would take responsibility if people got sick.
McEnany swerved, attacked health professionals who backed the protests, and reiterated that the campaign had taken “certain measures to ensure this is a safe gathering.”
Asked by another reporter if the White House’s position that outdoor and indoor events carry the same risk for coronavirus, McEnany said it was the White House’s view that “the media should not make decisions about their guidelines toward us based on social distance.” political ideology. ”