KEY POINTS

  • Kayleigh McEnany was visibly annoyed by a reporter during a press conference Wednesday 
  • Trump's press secretary was asked to specify who was working on Trump's health care plan proposal
  • McEnany told the reporter to come work at the White House after refusing to provide answers

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was visibly upset after a CNN reporter asked her about a health care plan that President Trump outlined during an ABC News town hall on Tuesday. 

Trump administration officials faced questions a day after the president said that the health care plan is ready to be rolled out. However, three administration health officials said they were not involved in creating the plan, The Hill reported.  

CNN’s Kaitlin Collins pressed her to divulge details about who was crafting the health care plan. McEnany said she would not provide more information and added a sarcastic comment. 

"I’m not going to give you a readout of what our health care plan looks like and who’s working on it," she said. "If you want to know, come work here at the White House."

Collins and McEnany also clashed earlier during the press conference after the reporter fact-checked the White House press secretary over the president’s latest mask-wearing claims.

During Tuesday's town hall, Trump said he has spoken to "a lot of people" who think "masks are not good," citing only an encounter with a waiter but no medical experts.

On Wednesday, Trump doubled down by contradicting the statement of Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who said that masks might be more effective in preventing a COVID-19 infection than any potential vaccine, CNN reported

“If I don't get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me. This face mask will," Redfield told lawmakers during his congressional testimony. 

The CDC director also told the Senate Appropriations Committee that any potential vaccine would likely be available by the later second quarter or the third quarter of 2021. 

Trump pushed back against Redfield and contradicted the doctor on two accounts: the timeline for a vaccine against COVID-19 and the effectiveness of masks. 

"I think he made a mistake when he said that. It's just incorrect information," the president told reporters. "As far as the masks are concerned, I hope that the vaccine is going to be a lot more beneficial than the masks."

When Collins asked McEnany whether Trump was citing medical experts when he cast doubt on the effectiveness of wearing masks, the press secretary responded by saying that the president was only referring to people wearing masks inappropriately. 

McEnany also said Trump agrees with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, who says that wearing a mask can prevent the virus’s spread. 

“The president’s continually recommended it from this podium, he was just pointing out consequences if not used appropriately,” the press secretary said. 

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says the White House is 'confident' about health safety in Tulsa Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says the White House is 'confident' about health safety in Tulsa Photo: AFP / Nicholas Kamm