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Trump’s former press secretary hired by Fox News

Donald Trump’s former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany will join Fox News as a contributor to offer commentary on various network programs.

Key points:

  • Fox and McEnany had been in discussions about the role since January
  • McEnany pushed baseless claims of voter fraud after the 2020 US election
  • She joined several Trump administration figures who made the move to Fox

McEnany, former president Donald Trump’s final press secretary, did not speak about her new role during an interview with Fox’s Harris Faulkner that aired on Tuesday (local time), but in responding to the news on Twitter said she was “excited to join”.

It was reported in January that McEnany had disclosed to the US Office of Government Ethics while still in office that she would work for Fox after leaving the White House.

Fox said at the time that it had been in discussions with McEnany but had paused them.

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Before working for Trump, McEnany was a commentator at CNN.

Speaking on Fox, McEnany said her biggest regret at the White House was not being able to hold a briefing outlining all the accomplishments of the Trump administration.

“But after January 6, it just was not tenable,” she said.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks

McEnany had an often combative relationship with White House journalists.(

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After the November election, McEnany was one of those who pushed the former president’s baseless claims of voter fraud. Extremism and disinformation experts say that rhetoric helped create the conditions that led to the deadly January 6 riots in Washington DC.

At one point, major US networks, including Fox News, cut away from a White House press briefing with McEnany because of repeated unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

“I just think we have to be very clear: she’s charging the other side is welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting,” Fox News host Neil Cavuto said at the time.

“Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing this.”

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Fox News cuts away from Trump’s adviser over electoral fraud claims.

Speaking today, McEnany said that “everyone in the administration was horrified” by the Capitol Hill riots, led by a mob of Trump supporters, but she insisted that it did not represent the former president’s backers.

Asked if she believed Trump bore any responsibility for the riot, she said, “No, I don’t.”

Trump was impeached by the House on a charge of incitement of insurrection over the insurrection but acquitted by the Senate.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Trump, citing the fact that the former president was out of office by the time the Senate trial began, but McConnell said Trump was “practically and morally responsible for provoking” the riot.

McEnany follows other Trump White House alumni

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Hope Hicks looks at the camera lense as she walks down a corridor

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks also spent time at Fox after leaving the Trump administration.(

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At her first press briefing in May 2020, McEnany promised to “never lie” to the assembled media, a vow US media accused her of almost immediately breaking.

While at the White House, McEnany frequently appeared on Fox News programs for interviews.

She joins a long list of former Trump administration figures to make the move to Fox News, its parent company and its affiliates.

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Trump’s longest-serving press secretary Sarah Sanders joined Fox as a contributor after leaving the White House but ended that agreement this year when announcing her plan to run for governor of Arkansas.

Hope Hicks served as Trump’s White House communications director for two years, then worked as the chief communications officer at Fox for two years, before returning to the White House as a counsellor to the president from 2020-21.

Larry Kudlow, Donald Trump’s former economic adviser, has recently launched a weekday program on the Fox Business Network.

Asked about the move by McEnany, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she wished her predecessor well. The pair shared brief encounters while they were both were contributors at CNN.

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