Kayleigh McEnany is an American political commentator, spokesperson, and writer. She was previously a CNN contributor and she was appointed the Trump’s fourth press secretary on April 7, 2020.
Kayleigh McEnany is the daughter of commercial roofing company owner Michael McEnany and Leanne McEnany. She was born and raised in Tampa, Florida on April 18, 1988. She is 31 years old.
Kayleigh McEnany studied at the Academy of the Holy Names, a Catholic preparatory school in Tampa. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) in International Politics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington D.C. She also spent a year studying at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a constituent college of the University of Oxford. Kayleigh McEnany then studied at the University of Miami School of law and later transferred to Harvard Law School where she received her Juris Doctor (J.D) in May 2017. While at Miami she was the recipient of the Bruce J. Winick Award of Excellence, a scholarship awarded to students in the top 1% of their class.
In high school and college, McEnany interned for several politicians including Tom Gallagher, Adam Putnam, and the 43rd president of the U.S George W. Bush. She later worked in the White House Office of Communications. After her graduation from Georgetown University, McEnany worked as a producer on Mike Huckabee’s namesake television show and appeared on Fox News. She later appeared on CNN while in law school and she was the only defender for a Trump presidency, whom she supported in the 2016 presidential election. On August 7, 2017, she was appointed the Republican National Committee national spokesperson some days after tweeting that she was leaving CNN for another opportunity on August 5, 2017. She then hosted ‘Real News update’ the next day. She has also authored a book, ‘The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement, which was released in early January 2018.
McEnany is married to professional baseball pitcher Sean Gilmartin. The couple has a daughter Blake born in November 2019.
White house Appointment
Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, at 31, McEnany is one of the youngest press secretaries to be appointed to hold the role. Dee Dee Myers who served in the Clinton administration was also 31 when she stepped into the job, but Ron Ziegler was just 29 when he held the title in the Nixon administration. McEnany will further the president’s message on cable television as she was a regular contributor on CNN.
McEnany’s credibility as a COVID-19 messenger could be tested by comments she made in late February appearing to downplay the severity of the outbreak in the United States.
“This President will always put America first, he will always protect American citizens. We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here,” she said on the now-canceled edition of Trish Regan’s show on Fox Business Network program. “We will not see terrorism come here. And isn’t that refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama?”
Since she made that statement, 387387 people in the United States have been infected with the Coronavirus. McEnany replaces Stephanie Grisham who was rarely on Television but was known for aggressive exchanges for her boss on Twitter.