Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is joining Fox News, bringing one of the Trump administration’s most prominent figures to the cable channel.
Fox News host Harris Faulkner announced the hiring Tuesday during a segment with the former press secretary on her show, “The Faulkner Focus.” A Fox News spokeswoman said Ms. McEnany would serve as an on-air commentator.
Before joining the Trump administration in April 2020, Ms. McEnany had served as press secretary for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and as a national spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee. She has experience on cable news, having been a frequent commentator on CNN after Mr. Trump was elected. Earlier in her career, she worked as a production assistant for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s show on Fox News.
Ms. McEnany was among the Trump administration officials who cast doubt on the results of the presidential election, criticizing what she called a “fraudulent mail-in ballot system” and describing plans for legal challenges in several states. Mr. Trump’s legal efforts failed, and no evidence of widespread election fraud surfaced.
During an interview on Fox News this week, Ms. McEnany described her reaction to the deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the legislature while lawmakers were meeting to certify President Biden’s victory. Ms. McEnany said that she had expected a peaceful rally that morning, during which Mr. Trump urged the crowd to fight for him and for the country, reiterating unfounded claims about a stolen election. She said in the interview that she grew “somber,” “sad” and “horrified” when the protest turned violent.