In an animated interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night, Trump 2020 campaign secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Donald Trump's remarks about Puerto Rico.
As the interview progressed, McEnany claimed that Trump never lied, prompting Cuomo to stop the interview.
Cuomo began by questioning Trump's decision to attack Puerto Rico throughout the week, as it appeared that Hurricane Dorian was headed straight for the island. In a tweet, Trump called him "One of the most corrupt places on earth."
McEnany insisted that the president was "fighting for the people of Puerto Rico by calling corrupt politicians" and said "funds were misused last time.
Cuomo, however, stressed that Trump was fighting body and soul to block, cut and block relief funds destined for Puerto Rico. Trump has also repeatedly stated that the island received at least $ 91 billion (or $ 92 billion per Trump's last claim this week), while less than half of that amount was spent and much less spent .
McEnany defended the imaginary number as coming from the "estimated projections of what will be provided to Puerto Rico over time". Ignoring the lies that Trump has told about Puerto Rico's relief and opposition to it, she insisted that "it was FEMA's biggest operation in the history of this country." . "
Throughout the interview, which focused on various issues beyond Puerto Rico, McEnany defended the president's record and echoed his attacks on the press. "The president is constantly lying," she said, attacking CNN for being "false news". When Cuomo said Trump was responsible for creating his own negative cover, McEnany said, "He is not lying, the press is lying."
Cuomo was surprised by the claim that Trump was not lying and insisted more on McEnany. "No, I do not think the president lied," she confirmed. At that time, Cuomo ended the interview.
Before leaving, Cuomo spoke directly to his audience. "You can not say that this president is not lying to you, okay?", He said. "You can argue why he's lying, you can tell what you think of his lies, but if you can not even admit it, the conversation is dead, I'm sorry, but that's the case. "
The interview took place the same day the Washington Post published an article about Trump's new press secretary and director of communications, Stephanie Grisham, in which she said she did not think Trump was ever lying.
"I do not think it's lies," she said. "I think the president communicates in a way that some people, especially the media, are not necessarily comfortable with. Often, they take it literally. I know people will roll their eyes if I say that he was joking or talking hypothetically, but sometimes he does it. What I learned about him is that he loves this country and he will not lie to this country. "
According to the post count, Trump has made more than 12,000 false or misleading statements since taking office. It makes an average of 20 such statements each day.