Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that the White House staff was shocked and horrified from the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
McEnany said during an interview on Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus” that she believed “everyone was expecting peace” on Jan. 6 before going to the rally. McEnany said the rallies she had previously attended “were nothing but peaceful events.” (RELATED: Kayleigh McEnany Joins Fox News As Contributor)
“And as those events [on Jan. 6] transpired it was disbelief, shock, somber, sad, horrified by the violence. And it was a very hard, difficult day in the White House, there is no doubt,” McEnany said.
McEnany said everyone in the White House condemned the violence and felt “horrified and very somber.”
Faulkner said the interview was McEnany’s first since leaving the White House.
Rioters supporting former President Donald Trump breached the Capitol building on Jan. 6 during a protest which turned into a deadly riot against the Electoral College’s certification of the presidential election results.
McEnany said she wanted to hold a press briefing that focused on the Trump administration’s successes, but wasn’t able to because of the riot.
“I wanted to do a press briefing on the way out about all of the great achievements of this administration and all the good that I felt that the president had done. We didn’t get the opportunity to do that because obviously with January 6th, it just was something that was not tenable,” McEnany said.
“The last days were sad. We were packing boxes. We were sad it was one of the last events that happened on the way out the door. And you know, so I wish we could’ve had the opportunity to have that legacy press briefing as it was, but it was a somber time,” McEnany said.
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