The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Monday named former CNN contributor Kayleigh McEnany as its new spokesperson.
“Kayleigh will be an integral part of our Party’s ongoing commitment to promoting the Republican message to Americans across the country,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a statement.
“Her wealth of experience will be invaluable to the RNC as we continue to support President Trump and build on our majorities in Congress as we head into 2018,” she added.
“I am excited to be joining the RNC at such an important and historic time in our country,” McEnany said.
“I’m eager to talk about Republican ideas and values and have important discussions about issues affecting Americans across this country.”
Some Twitter users on Monday criticized the RNC for adding McEnany, who is a vocal defender of Trump and his policies.
Good. Deeply embedded Trump sycophants will make it harder for the party to disassociate itself when Trump's failing presidency implodes.— Betty Cracker (@bettycrackerfl) August 7, 2017
Other people on the social media platform praised the RNC for picking McEnany to serve as the GOP’s national spokesperson on radio and television.
McEnany on Sunday hosted a video “news” program on Trump’s Facebook page, appearing in front of the president’s 2016 election campaign logo and website.
“President Trump has clearly steered the economy back in the right direction,” she said, referencing the Commerce Department’s jobs report for July.
The economy added 209,000 jobs last month, according to Commerce’s report last Friday, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent.
McEnany on Sunday also praised Trump’s support for the RAISE Act, arguing it boost wages, cut poverty and save taxpayer money.
“For decades, a steady rise in immigration has depressed the wages of American workers,” she said.
“American workers deserve a raise and President Trump is finally putting the American worker first.”
Trump has repeatedly derided CNN and other major news outlets for reporting he finds misleading or biased about him and his administration.
The president has often labeled reports he dislikes “fake news” and has accused journalists of ignoring some of his administration’s accomplishments.