McEnany Comments on Psaki’s Job as Press Secretary: ‘Always Knew Where My Boss Stood’

March 5, 2021 Updated: March 5, 2021

Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany—who now works for Fox News—responded to statements made by President Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki.

“I’ve said before and I mean it: I wish Jen Psaki all the best,” McEnany said on Fox News Thursday.

“It is a very hard job. But that being said, we took great pains in our administration to do hours and hours and hours of research beforehand, days sometimes, calling Secretary Azar sometimes, calling Kerri Kupec over at the Justice Department to get answers,” she added, referring to former Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and the former Department of Justice spokesperson.

McEnany said that while she was President Donald Trump’s press secretary, “I always knew where my boss stood.”

“Unlike other press secretaries that maybe didn’t have walk-in privileges to the Oval, I could walk in at any time,” she remarked. “I always knew where he stood. Before every press conference, I would go in with a list of items that I thought the press would ask and go through one by one. I always knew where his head was at, so I didn’t have to do a ton of circling back because President Trump gave a lot of access to me.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on March 4, 2021. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

After McEnany was hired by Fox News, Psaki told a reporter this week that she would be willing to go on Fox to debate with McEnany.

“I’ve done Fox News Sunday twice now. I’m happy to go on a range of shows,” Psaki told reporters. “I will say that I knew Kayleigh a little bit, not well. I met her when we were both CNN contributors and we did a few shows—I’m not sure how many—together. Like many Americans, we disagree on political issues, but we talked about our families, our spouses, sports, all sorts of things in the green room, and I certainly wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

McEnany also talked about her final day in the White House, saying that “the last days were sad … We were packing boxes. We were sad that this was one of the last events that happened on the way out the door … it was a somber time.”