A White House reporter fired back at White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany after she attempted to paint reporters attending Friday’s daily briefing as being anti-religion, telling her: “I go to church. I’m dying to go back to church.”
Reporters in the room had asked McEnany several questions in response to President Trump’s declaration that he would “override” governors if they would not allow churches to reopen this weekend after he deemed them an “essential service.”
“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, this weekend,” Trump said Friday afternoon. “If they don’t do it I will override the governors. America we need more prayer, not less.”
“Boy, it’s interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these houses of worship & churches stay closed,” McEnany told reporters.
Jeff Mason, a longtime White House reporter for Reuters, objected to her characterization, telling McEnany he’s “dying to go back to church.”
“Kayleigh, I object to that,” Mason fired back.
“I go to church. I’m dying to go back to church,” he said.
“The question that we’re asking… is it it safe?” he asked.
Kayleigh McEnany: "Boy it's interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these houses of worship & churches stay closed."
Reporter: "Kayleigh, I object to that. I go to church. I'm dying to go back to church. The question that we're asking… is it it safe?" pic.twitter.com/UA2l0yzyLg
— The Hill (@thehill) May 22, 2020