White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany pushed back against accusations that tear gas and rubber bullets were used to disperse large crowds outside the White House over the past several days.
During Wednesday’s White House press briefing, McEnany exchanged terse words with CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, saying there had been a lot of “misreporting” about tense standoffs with police in front of the White House.
“No tear gas was used, and no rubber bullets were used,” McEnany said before Acosta interjected that “chemical agents were used” against protesters. “Again, no tear gas was used, no rubber bullets were used,” she responded.
Lafayette Park was the site of large demonstrations on Monday as hundreds gathered to protest the death of George Floyd. As President Trump addressed reporters in the Rose Garden, police dispersed the crowd before Trump walked to St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was set on fire by rioters this weekend.
McEnany said the actions of protesters in Lafayette Park, who ripped down signs and threw objects at police officers, was “uncalled for” and that police acted appropriately given that there was evidence to believe law enforcement would be targeted.
“It is uncalled for to throw bricks at officers, uncalled for to throw frozen water bottles at officers, and they also had received intelligence that there were calls for violence against police officers and they found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats, and metal poles hidden along the streets,” McEnany said. “When an officer is at risk, they have a right to defend themselves.”
Author: Spencer Neale
Source: Washington Examiner: ‘No one was gassed’: Kayleigh McEnany spars with Jim Acosta over ‘misreporting’ White House clash with protesters