The White House Press Secretary has said that she would be “happy” to be interviewed by former Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany following her decision to join Fox News as a contributor.
During Tuesday’s press briefing, Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki answered a question from a reported regarding McEnany’s hiring at Fox News, the Daily Wire reported. The reporter asked if she would be willing to go onto her show, should she have one or if she had any good wishes for her endeavor.
“Sure, I’ve done Fox News Sunday twice now, I’m happy to go on a range of shows.” Psaki responded according to the Daily Wire.
Psaki added that, despite their political differences, they had talked before about their families among other topics, adding that she “certainly wish[es] her the best in her future endeavors.” the Daily Wire reported.
“I met her when we were both CNN contributors, and we did a few shows — I’m not sure how many — together.” Psaki added.
McEnany has recently talked about her successor’s performance, recently telling Fox News about Psaki’s go-to line of “Circling back” to answer a reporter’s question when she does not have the answer at the time. McEnancy stated that her reason as to why she did not have to “Circle back” is that she had the “advantage” of knowing where then-President Donald Trump stood on issues.
“I always knew where my boss stood. Unlike other press secretaries who maybe didn’t have walk-in privileges.” McEnany told Fox News, adding that she always knew “where [Trump’s] head was at” and that the former president gave a lot of access.
The former Press Secretary still wished her successor the best in her endeavor, stating that it was a very hard job and that she “took great pains” in the Trump administration to research hours on specific topics before a press conference.
McEnany joined Fox News as a contributor, host Harris Faulkner announced on Tuesday during an interview with the former secretary. The announcement was met with mixed reactions, with supporters praising the decisions with critics harshly bashing the decision, with the latter attempting to point out contradictions during her time as secretary.
Psaki has faced criticism for handling of reporter’s questions and her frequent “circling back” comments to reporters questions. Earlier in February, Biden’s communications department requested journalists who attended briefings were to submit questions ahead of time for review. The administration defended this, saying it was “normal procedure” that was not in place under the Trump administration.
Old Tweets from Psaki also seemed to show the secretary harshly criticize Trump supporters and Bernie Sanders supporters, stating that Trump’s supporters “Are the worst, no q[uestion].” Other tweets from 2017 suggested that she had been pushing the “Russiagate” theory that then-President Trump was colluding with the Russian government to hijack the 2016 presidential election.