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McEnany at CPAC 2018
|Born||April 18, 1988|
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
|Education||Georgetown University (BS)|
University of Miami
Harvard University (JD)
Sean Gilmartin (m. 2017)
Kayleigh McEnany (born April 18, 1988) is an American political commentator and writer. She is a former CNN contributor. In 2017, she was appointed national Spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. In February 2019, she was announced as National Press Secretary for the Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign.
McEnany was educated at the Academy of the Holy Names, a private Catholic college preparatory school for girls (co-educational up to eighth grade), in the city of Tampa in western Florida, followed by Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) in International Politics, in Washington, D.C. She also spent a year studying at St Edmund Hall, a constituent college of the University of Oxford, in England. McEnany studied at the University of Miami School of Law and then transferred to Harvard Law School, where she received a JD in May 2017.
After graduating from Georgetown University, McEnany was a producer on former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee's eponymous TV show. She interned for several politicians, including Tom Gallagher, Adam Putnam, and George W. Bush; for Bush's 2004 campaign; and in the White House Office of Communications in the Media Affairs department. On CNN, she was frequently called on to defend President Donald Trump, whom she supported during the 2016 presidential election.
In March 2017, McEnany apologized after claiming Barack Obama was president when Daniel Pearl, an American journalist, was beheaded by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, and said she meant to refer to James Foley, a journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in 2014.
On August 5, 2017, McEnany tweeted she had left CNN after asking to leave the network for another opportunity. The next day, she appeared as the host of Real News Update, a pro-Trump news show on Donald Trump's Facebook page. On August 7, 2017, the Republican National Committee announced that McEnany would be appointed as its national spokesperson, with responsibilities including serving as spokesperson for television and radio.
McEnany's book, The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement, was released in early January 2018.
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