During Friday morning’s White House press briefing, NBC’s Peter Alexander pressed Kayleigh McEnany on why President Donald Trump isn't doing more to beef up resources to ensure a secure election, Mediaite reports.
“If the president is so worried about how long it’ll take to count ballots in this election, then why isn’t the president and this White House doing everything it can to secure more funding for staffing and other resources to make sure that we can have a safe and proper election?” Alexander asked.
Alexander's question comes a day after Trump floated the idea of postponing the November election on Twitter. Trump has repeatedly raised concerns that an increase of mail-in ballots will result in a flawed election.
McEnany didn’t directly answer Alexander’s question. She dodged it by offering up an answer about the White House’s plan to focus on preventing voter fraud.
“What this White House is focused on is making sure that our election is not riddled with voting fraud, and that the timetable is not hung up here,” McEnany said. “There are several lawsuits that the campaign has engaged on, and I would point you to the campaign for specifics on those.”
Alexander interrupted to point out she didn’t answer his question.
“That doesn’t answer my question, though,” Alexander said. “My question is what is the White House doing to get more resources for funding and staff to make sure — as the president says — that it will be a secure and safe election?”
McEnany then noted that it is up to states to run their elections, adding “it’s up to states to make sure that they have the capacity.”
“And the states are asking for more money,” Alexander responded.
McEnany avoided answering the question and referenced several articles suggesting that the mail-in vote process could have problems.
She did not share what the White House is doing to secure resources intended to address those problems.
McEnany then called on another reporter to ask a question, even though Alexander continued to corner her for a response.
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