Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany joins Fox

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Act surprised: Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is joining Fox’s right leaning network as a commentator.

The news hardly comes as a surprise as a reference to her joining Fox appeared on financial disclosure documents she was required to file when leaving office.

However, the network told The Hill at the time that the plan was on pause.

However, she appeared on March 2, 2021’s edition of “The Faulker Focus,” where the announcement of her deal with Fox was also made.

McEnany began to appear on camera more frequently than many of her predecessors after the administration, which had a tumultuous relationship with the White House press corp and journalists in general, stopped offering regularly daily briefings.

Those stepped up, at least in some form, after it become clear the coronavirus pandemic would end up costing many lives — despite Trump’s initial claim there would be “close to zero” cases in the U.S.

McEnany received criticism for delivering falsehoods, misrepresentations and what some called outright lies from the briefing room lectern.

Despite that, Fox’s story announcing her hiring praised her with this paragraph:

“McEnany quickly emerged as a hero to conservatives when she replaced Stephanie Grisham as White House press secretary in April 2020. She brought a new passion to the briefing room as she came armed with facts and information that regularly helped expose hypocrisy among the media. She didn’t shy away from confrontation and exceled (sic) at delivering the president’s messaging.”

She started as 33rd White House press secretary April 7, 2020 and served until Jan. 20, 2021 — a 288 day tenure that made her the second longest serving person in that role under Trump.

She replaced Stephanie Grisham, who served July 1, 2019 April 7, 2020, 281, days. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was in the role the longest under Trump, July 21, 2017 to July 1, 2019, which was 20 days shy of two years. Trump’s first press secretary, Sean Spicer, served 182 days.