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Al Jazeera reporter denies insult to Kayleigh McEnany


Al Jazeera's journalist, Kimberly Halkett, insists that she did not describe Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as "lying" at a press conference at the White House.

Social media users flocked to Twitter, claiming that Halkett said the comment behind a face mask during a tense exchange with McEnany on Tuesday.

But Halkett, who works as Al Jazeera's White House correspondent, quickly denied the use of profanity when interviewed by one of her online followers.

"There are a lot of false reports about this briefing," Halkett wrote.

"The answer to your question is: I didn't do it. What I said was, "Okay, you don't want to get involved."

Al Jazeera's journalist, Kimberly Halkett (pictured), insists that she did not describe Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as "lying" at a press conference at the White House on Tuesday

Halkett, who works as Al Jazeera White House correspondent, quickly denied the use of profanity when asked by one of her online followers

Halkett, who works as Al Jazeera White House correspondent, quickly denied the use of profanity when asked by one of her online followers

It came after Halkett McEnany asked two questions about possible Russian interference in the upcoming presidential election that resulted in a back and forth between the press officer and the reporter.

“Kayleigh, I have a couple of questions. The first is: The President has tweeted about concerns about mail-in voting in the past few hours. He is obviously concerned about the integrity of the US election and certainly about internal sabotage. But why don't we hear from the President about fears of external sabotage? & # 39; Halkett asked.

The broadcaster cited new reports that Russia may have intervened in the Scottish referendum before declaring, "We really haven't heard that the President has announced the Kremlin regarding the US election. Are we going to hear from him today? & # 39;

McEnany replied, "The President made the world aware today that our electoral systems must be secure" before describing in detail the measures the President plans to take before November.

She then went back to discuss possible problems with postal ballot papers and quoted a recent Wall Street Journal article entitled "New York's Mail Vote Catastrophe."

"I think that's off the rails," Halkett said afterwards before McEnany snapped back. "You asked me about it, so I'll answer."

McEnany can be seen at the White House during Tuesday's press conference. The Harvard Law graduate is known for her fiery confrontations with reporters

McEnany can be seen at the White House during Tuesday's press conference. The Harvard Law graduate is known for her fiery confrontations with reporters

Halkett tried again to address questions about Russia and external threats, while McEnany continued to talk about problems with the mass vote by post.

"I know you don't want to hear them, so talk about me," said the spokesman.

Halkett then tried to ask another question about Russia and asked McEnany to cut it off by answering, "You have two questions, more than some of your colleagues."

The recorded exchange between Halkett and McEnany triggered polarized reactions on Twitter

The recorded exchange between Halkett and McEnany triggered polarized reactions on Twitter

After McEnany switched to another reporter's question, Halkett was caught muttering on a microphone.

The official White House transcript says, "Okay, you don't want to get involved."

However, it wasn't long before dozens of people speculated that she had actually said, "Okay, you're a liar."

Halkett, who comes from Canada and has worked with Al Jazeera for more than two decades, is shown

Some conservatives came to Halkett's defense and said they didn't think she was using the curse word.

Others, however, described Halkett as leftist activists as opposed to an impartial journalist and accused the press pool of being disrespectful to McEnany.

Another reporter called McEnany to wear a mask when she left the podium.

McEnany did not respond to the drama.

The Harvard Law graduate became Trump's press officer in April and has made a name for herself thanks to her fiery exchange with members of the White House press pool.

Last month, McEnany clashed with CNN's Jim Acosta after accusing President Trump of creating "bad news" by sharing an edited video of two toddlers.

"This is an absurd attempt to justify misleading headlines that appear regularly on your network," she said before Acosta started talking about it.

“You have to get Jim ready, this isn't a cable news segment. I'm answering your question from the White House podium, ”she said.

The couple has also been involved in several other high-profile clashes.

Last week, Acosta was accused of taking McEnany out of context by tweeting that "science shouldn't be in the way of reopening the school."

McEnany later told Fox News that Acosta was "actually pretty nice" outside of the camera.

Harvard lawyer Kayleigh McEnany became Trump's press officer in April and has made a name for herself thanks to her fiery exchange with members of the White House press pool

Harvard lawyer Kayleigh McEnany became Trump's press officer in April and has made a name for herself thanks to her fiery exchange with members of the White House press pool

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