Before hosting her first press briefing, Trump’s new press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had already caused a fair bit of controversy with old tweets and a string of bizarre comments.

But during her first official briefing, she held out what appeared to be an olive branch (and a big promise) to reporters, saying:

I will never lie to you. You have my word on that.

Given McEnany’s predecessors' reputations for, well, being quite "economical" with the truth, it’s good to hear that Trump’s new press secretary has intentions to be different.

But it’s a shame this ple​dge​ only lasted fifte​e​n minutes.

Vox’s Aaron Rupar reports that, after fifteen minutes, McEnany’s debut descended into a string of falsehoods.

McEnany’s first lie from the White House podium came just two questions in.

She was asked about comments president trump made that day suggesting that Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Joe Bided was “far more compelling” than the accusations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

McEnany characterised the Kavanaugh allegations as “verifiably false”, when in fact the allegations were found to be credible by an investigation conducted by the the New York Times that was published last year. No investigation has found the accusations “verifiably false”, they've just not been proven, which is different.

She didn't stop there, either.

When asked about newly released FBI notes regarding the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, McEneny appeared to misquote the documents to make them sound more incriminating than they are…

And then there was more.

Asked why the people should dismiss the over 20 sexual misconduct allegations against Trump but believe the one against Biden, McEnany said:

The president has swiftly denied all of these allegations that were raised four years ago.

It’s true that Trump did deny the most of the allegations when they surfaced in 2016, but he was accused of rape by E. Jean Carroll last year. McEnany didn’t mention that one, which is pretty misleading.

So, all in all, Trump might have a new person standing on the White House podium. But it looks like it’ll be the same old game of “alternative facts”.

H/T: Vox

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