Fact check: Donald Trump does NOT have an all-female senior White House press team as claimed by Kayleigh McEnany
There are multiple male members, both junior and senior, in the Trump administration's communications teams
White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, took to Twitter over the weekend slamming a report about how in the Biden-Harris administration "for the first time in history, these communications roles will be filled entirely by women." McEnany, instead, claimed that the current Trump administration already has an all-female senior communications team. "President @realDonaldTrump already has an ALL FEMALE Senior White House Press Team. So does @VP So does @FLOTUS So does @SecondLady The completely DISCREDITED @washingtonpost once again reveals their blinding propagandist Fake News proclivities."
President @realDonaldTrump already has an ALL FEMALE Senior White House Press Team.— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) November 30, 2020
So does @VP...
So does @FLOTUS...
So does @SecondLady...
The completely DISCREDITED @washingtonpost once again reveals their blinding propagandist Fake News proclivities ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/HpP0KL8kgD
The press secretary's claim, however, does not appear to be true. Her statement was countered by George Conway, a staunch Trump critic and husband of former senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. The lawyer stated that Trump's communications team has several senior male members.
Conway tweeted: "This is just such a weird and pointless thing to lie about." He then posted multiple Twitter account screenshots of the Trump communication team's male members.
Although it is true that several high-ranking members of the Trump and Pence communications team are female, with McEnany having the top job. The president's current communications director is Alyssa Farah, First Lady Melania Trump's chief of staff is Stephanie Grisham and Karen Pence's director of communication is Kara Brooks. However, there are multiple male senior members in the communications teams too. Vice President's press secretary is Devin O'Malley while Trump's White House deputy press secretary is Judd Deere, and Brian Morgenstern is the deputy communications director and deputy press secretary.
Deere had also responded to the reports of Biden-Harris' all-female staff reports, tweeting: "Since I arrived at the Trump White House a woman has always been my boss. First, it was Hope Hicks, Mercedes Schlapp, and Sarah Sanders. Then it was Stephanie Grisham. And of course, currently, it's Kayleigh McEnany and Alyssa Farah. I guess the media forgot?"
Since I arrived at the Trump White House a woman has always been my boss.— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere) November 30, 2020
First it was Hope Hicks, Mercedes Schlapp, and Sarah Sanders.
Then it was Stephanie Grisham.
And of course currently it’s Kayleigh McEnany and Alyssa Farah.
I guess the media forgot? 🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/D6P1iiSCQS
The claim from McEnany came after the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Twitter in a tweet had announced that the communications roles in their teams would be filled solely by women. Some of the new incoming all-female senior communications team members include Jen Psaki as White House press secretary, she had previously served as White House communications director and deputy White House press secretary during the Obama-Biden administration. Symone Sanders as chief spokesperson for Harris and Biden campaign, communications director Kate Bedingfield, who will be required to serve as the White House communications director.
Bedingfield, who is also a communications veteran from the Obama-Biden administration, confirmed the reports, tweeting: "Working for him as VP and on this campaign gave me insight into what kind of capable, compassionate, the clear-eyed president he will be and it will be a profound honor to be one small part of his work. It will also be an honor to work alongside the incredible women who are taking on these roles together."
President-elect Biden, who chose a woman of color Harris as his Vice President, has also has nominated other accomplished women for top national security and economic positions in his administration. He is also reportedly expected to prioritize women and continue placing them at key positions in his administration.