White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany appeared this morning on Fox News’ Fox & Friends and dismissed the call for an oval office address from President Trump while reiterating the need for action on Antifa.
“A national Oval Office address is not going to stop Antifa,” McEnany said in the interview. “What’s going to stop Antifa is action. And this president has committed to acting on this. He has several meetings pertaining to that today. And that’s his focus—acting and keeping our streets safe.”
In a tweet that has been liked nearly 800,000 times, Trump declared yesterday that “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
This morning, Trump tweeted out a quote from Brian Kilmeade where he attempted to dispel rumors that white supremacists were involved with the unrest and put the blame on Antifa as well.
“I don’t see any indication that there were any white supremest groups mixing in. This is an ANTIFA Organization. It seems that the first time we saw it in a major way was Occupy Wall Street. It’s the same mindset.” TRUE!
“I don’t see any indication that there were any white supremest groups mixing in. This is an ANTIFA Organization. It seems that the first time we saw it in a major way was Occupy Wall Street. It’s the same mindset.” @kilmeade @foxandfriends TRUE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2020
The Washington Post and MSNBC’s The Morning Joe accused the president of staying “silent – other than tweeting fuel on the fire.” Mika Brzezinski wondered if he was “afraid to do anything?”
McEnany disagreed with those assessments, asserting that she “looked, and going back to the first day he saw this video, he has addressed the absolutely horrific video of George Floyd. He has routinely addressed, in his remarks less than 48 hours ago, the issue of law and order in our streets. He’s issued several statements.”
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