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Action 2 News 1-on-1 with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

Published: Aug. 19, 2020 at 9:23 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Following up on President Trump’s visit to Oshkosh on Monday, Action 2 News was able to speak directly to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday to be more specific about his comments.

Action 2 News started by asking McEnany so many parents have been posing – does the President feel there should be a federal or state plan in place for the reopening of schools?

“The President is a firm believer that schools should be open to give parents a choice. We know low income children fall behind most when schools are shut down. We know one in five child abuse cases are reported in schools,” said McEnany.

In Oshkosh, the president also told supporters that a vaccine for COVID-19 was on the way.

Action 2 News asked how soon it should be expected.

“Yes, by the end of the year, is our goal, and we think we will be able to achieve that. We already have multiple American vaccines in phase three clinical trial and if we approach, if we get that vaccine to completion by the end of the year it will be the fastest pace for a vaccine for a novel pathogen in history,” said McEnany.

McEnany says there are multiple American vaccines in phase three clinical trials now.

Voting was also brought up Monday by the President, and he told supporters, the only way Joe Biden can win, is if the election is rigged.

Action 2 News asked if there are any specific concerns about voting in the state of Wisconsin.

“Not specific to Wisconsin. What he sees problems with is mass mail out voting, where the state just mails to everyone on their voter rolls a ballot, and in place like L.A. County where you have 117% of the county registered, you have at least 17% of ballots there with no individual attached to them,” said McEnany.

She added the President will be back in the state to campaign, and that he believes it is important to be seen safely out on the road.

The interview with McEnany happened the same week as the Democratic National Convention.

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