White House spokesperson to speak at Republican convention

White House spokesperson to speak at Republican convention
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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany will speak at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, joining a growing number of Trump administration officials appearing at the GOP gathering.

Fox News reported Wednesday that McEnany will speak about the president's support for her as a working mother, and will not address Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE directly in her remarks. Though Fox News cited an unidentified senior White House official, McEnany retweeted the article from her personal Twitter account. President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE's reelection campaign later confirmed her appearance. 

Other administration officials including White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoFive takeaways from CPAC 2021 Pompeo: Release of Khashoggi report by Biden admin 'reckless' Trump wins CPAC straw poll with 55 percent MORE have already spoken at the convention, sparking criticism that their participation violates the Hatch Act, which bars top administration aides from participating in campaign activities in their official capacities. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.


Pompeo's appearance came remotely from Jerusalem, drawing further criticism that the secretary of State was spending time during official travel for a campaign event

A statement from Biden's campaign Wednesday morning also argued that the convention has yet to feature the administration's plan for further handling the COVID-19 outbreak and returning the U.S. to normal economic activity.

President Trump’s [Republican National Convention] is an alternate reality. In this delusion, thousands of Americans didn’t die in the last week from COVID-19, nor have millions of Americans been infected or put out of work. Our economy hasn’t ground to a halt and our kids aren’t being kept home from school," said Biden's deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield.

--This report was updated at 12:06 p.m.