Female White House correspondent: ‘I’ve never seen as many moms’ in briefing room as during Trump presidency

China Global Television Network (CGTN)’s Jessica Stone, a White House correspondent who recently had a baby, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she has “never seen as many moms” in the White House briefing room as she has during the Trump presidency.

The Review-Journal on Sunday profiled the many White House correspondents who are pregnant or who have gotten pregnant during Trump’s first two years in office.

In addition, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders regularly refers to being a mother, noting that she is the first press secretary who is a mom. Sanders’s three children are 6, 5 and 3 years old.

{mosads}CBS White House correspondent Weijia Jiang and New York Post reporter Marisa Schultz are both pregnant, the newspaper noted, while The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker is on maternity leave. Newsday’s Laura Figuero recently returned from maternity leave.

Other women who have had children in the last two years include NPR’s Tamara Keith, CBN’s Jennifer Wishon, CNN’s Pamela Brown, Fox News’s Kristin Fisher, CGTN’s Jessica Stone and NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe, according to the Review-Journal.

MSNBC host Katy Tur, who covered Trump’s presidential campaign, earlier this year announced her pregnancy on the air, showing a clip of the baby’s sonogram. 

“We are political journalists who make family planning decisions around election cycles,” Keith told the paper, explaining that she believes many women planned to have children between the presidential elections in 2016 and 2022.  

“I’ve been pregnant the whole time,” Jiang said, describing her time reporting on the Trump White House. “There were times when I forgot I was pregnant.”

Jiang in a viral tweet earlier this year announced via Twitter that she is pregnant, and in doing so took a jab at President Trump.

“Personal news: She made a very public debut during this presser, so it’s a good time to share my husband and I are thrilled to meet our baby girl in January!” Jiang tweeted.

“Can’t wait to teach her when a man orders you to ‘sit down’ because he doesn’t like what you’re saying, do anything but,” Jiang added, an apparent reference to her exchange with Trump at a press conference in which he told her to sit down.

Keith told the Review-Journal that she has used a breast pump on Air Force One and has written up instructions for pumping in the White House. She said the “pump room” is the office space for the Christian Broadcasting Network, where staffers are instructed to leave if a woman needs to use the room. 

“There’s such a baby boom going on at the White House press corps that we are always on standby for delivering a baby if necessary,” Steve Holland from Reuters told the Review-Journal. “It would be a new theme for us, but hey, we’re open to the challenge.”

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