White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stopped Jim Acosta recently after the CNN correspondent attempted his activism journalism.
According to The Daily Caller:
“If the White House, the president and his team had to do it all over again, would you have gassed and pummeled protesters to clear the park so the president could have a photo-op?” Acosta asked.
McEnany pushed back immediately, stating that no one had used either tear gas or rubber bullets.
“Chemical agents were used,” Acosta insisted, adding that “others say they were tear gassed in that area.”
“No one was tear gassed. That’s been confirmed by DOD and Park Services as well. So let me go back and address what happened. There’s been a lot of misreporting,” McEnany replied. She went on to say that Attorney General William Barr had made the decision much earlier in the day to widen the perimeter around the White House by one block on each side.
McEnany also pushed back against the narrative that protests were peaceful by claiming bottles were being thrown at officers and pointing out that the protesters were asked over loudspeakers to leave the area several times.
McEnany responded to the issue of the photo op by pointing out to Acosta and listing off the officers who had been attacked during the riots.