Kayleigh McEnany

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Kayleigh McEnany
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33rd White House Press Secretary
In office
April 7, 2020 – January 20, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyHogan Gidley
Brian R. Morgenstern
Preceded byStephanie Grisham
Succeeded byJen Psaki
Personal details
Born (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 (age 34)
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Sean Gilmartin (m. 2017)
Children1
EducationGeorgetown University (BS)
Harvard University (JD)

Kayleigh McEnany (born April 18, 1988)[1] is an American spokesperson, political commentator, and writer.[2] McEnany was the 33rd White House Press Secretary from 2020 to 2021. She was a former CNN contributor. She was made national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee in 2017.[3][4][5]

White House Press Secretary[change | change source]

In February 2019, she was named national press secretary for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign.[6] On April 7, 2020, she was appointed White House Press Secretary.[7]

On October 5, 2020, McEnany tested positive for COVID-19 during the White House COVID-19 outbreak.[8][9]

While ballots were still being counted on 2020 election day, McEnany made an early false statements saying that Trump won the election.[10] After Joe Biden won the election and President Donald Trump refused to say he lost, McEnany spread false claims of fraud in the 2020 election.[11][12]

On November 20, 2020, McEnany falsely claimed Trump was not given an "orderly transition of power".[13][14] McEnany's comment was stated while Trump himself was refusing to recognize his opponent Joe Biden's victory as legitimate; Trump was also actively delaying the start of a transfer of power to president-elect Biden for two weeks.[15]

After Biden was inaugurated, she began working for Fox News.

Personal life[change | change source]

McEnany was born on April 18, 1988, in Tampa, Florida and was raised in Tampa.[16] She majored in international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.[17] and she studied abroad at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.[18] After graduating from Georgetown, McEnany spent three years as a producer on the Mike Huckabee Show.[17]

She later studied at University of Miami School of Law, before transferring to Harvard Law School. She completed her second and third years of law school at Harvard, and graduated from Harvard in 2016.

McEnany married Sean Gilmartin, a pitcher in Major League Baseball, in November 2017.[19][20] The couple have one daughter.[21][22]

McEnany had a double mastectomy in 2018 after finding a gene making her at risk for breast cancer.[23]

Written works[change | change source]

  • McEnany, Kayleigh (2018-01-09). The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-5011-7968-6. OCLC 992563584.[24]
  • McEnany, Kayleigh (December 7, 2021). For Such a Time as This: My Faith Journey through the White House and Beyond. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781637582350. OCLC 1256627860.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Thank you to my incredible @GOP colleagues!!". Twitter. April 18, 2018.
  2. Kirell, Andrew (February 22, 2016). "Meet the Trumpkins: The Donald's Army of Media-Hungry Cable News Boosters". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  3. Wemple, Erik (July 5, 2016). "CNN Management is Determined to Torture its Anchors". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  4. Horsey, David (June 9, 2016). "Trump Bigotry Has Shameless Defenders, From GOP Pols to CNN Shills". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  5. "About Me". KayleighMcEnany.com. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  6. "Trump 2020 campaign announces communication team". Washington Post. February 19, 2019. Archived from the original on February 20, 2019. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
  7. Haberman, Maggie (2020-04-07). "Trump Has a New Press Secretary: Kayleigh McEnany, a Campaign Spokeswoman". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  8. Mangan, Dan; Wilkie, Christina (October 5, 2020). "Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two deputies test positive for coronavirus". CNBC. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  9. "Kayleigh McEnany tests positive for COVID-19: List of those in Trump orbit to contract coronavirus". 6abc Philadelphia. October 2, 2020. Archived from the original on October 8, 2020. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  10. Kelly, Makena (2020-11-04). "Trump declares premature victories in battleground states on Twitter". The Verge. Retrieved 2020-11-05.
  11. McCarthy, Tom (2020-12-25). "The Republican heroes and villains of Trump's attempt to steal the election". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  12. Gore, D'Angelo (2020-12-14). "False Claim About Biden's Win Probability". FactCheck.org. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  13. Hernández, Amanda (November 21, 2020). "Kayleigh McEnany said Trump wasn't given an 'orderly transition of power' in 2016. He was". USA Today. In her Friday press briefing, McEnany mischaracterized what followed the 2016 election and Trump's victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
  14. Lemire, Johnathan (November 22, 2020). "Claim that Trump 'was never given an orderly transition of power' is false". 9News. AP.
  15. Hernández, Amanda (November 21, 2020). "Kayleigh McEnany said Trump wasn't given an 'orderly transition of power' in 2016. He was". USA Today. McEnany's statements came nearly two weeks after the 2020 election was called for president-elect Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
  16. March, William (October 31, 2019). "Kayleigh McEnany highlights Hillsborough GOP Lincoln Day dinner". Tampa Bay Times. St. Petersburg, Florida: Times Publishing Company. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "From Classroom to Newsroom: Rising 2L Kayleigh McEnany Appears on TV as Guest Political Commentator". Miami School of Law. 2 July 2014.
  18. Zeffman, Henry (May 2, 2020). "Kayleigh McEnany, the Oxford alumna who is Trump's new media warrior". The Times.
  19. "Rays' Sean Gilmartin: Gets camp invite with Rays". CBS Sports. August 25, 2020. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  20. Ripple, Zachary (November 20, 2017). "Former Mets pitcher Sean Gilmartin marries RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany". New York Daily News. New York City: Tribune Publishing. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  21. Warnock, Caroline (April 7, 2020). "Sean Gilmartin, Kayleigh McEnany's Husband: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com.
  22. Topkin, Marc (March 3, 2020). "Rays power couple: One pitches strikes, the other pitches Donald Trump". Tampa Bay Times. St. Petersburg, Florida: Times Publishing Company.
  23. McEnany, Kayleigh (April 28, 2019). "It's one year since my preventative double mastectomy at age 30 -- Here's how I am doing". Fox News. New York City: News Corp.
  24. McEnany, Kayleigh (January 8, 2018). "Michael Wolff wasn't with Trump on election night. Those who were prove his book wrong". Fox News. Retrieved January 9, 2018.

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