Kayleigh McEnany (born April 18, 1988)  is an American spokesperson, political commentator, and writer.  A former  CNN contributor, she was appointed national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee in 2017.     In February 2019, she was named national  press secretary for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign. On April 7, 2020, she was appointed  White House Press Secretary.
Born and raised in
Tampa, Florida, McEnany is the daughter of commercial roofing company owner Michael McEnany and Leanne McEnany. McEnany was educated 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 spent a year studying at  St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a constituent college of the University of Oxford.
McEnany studied at the
University of Miami School of Law and then transferred to Harvard Law School, receiving her J.D. in May 2017. While studying at Miami, she was the recipient of the  Bruce J. Winick Award for Excellence, a scholarship awarded to students in the top 1% their class.
As a high school and college student, McEnany interned for several politicians including
Tom Gallagher, Adam Putnam, and George W. Bush, and later worked in the White House Office of Communications.
After graduating from
Georgetown University, McEnany worked as a producer on Mike Huckabee's namesake television show and appeared on Fox News.  In 2012, McEnany on at least two occasions tweeted thinly veiled racist birther comments about then President Barack Obama.   While in law school, she appeared on  CNN and often defended President Donald Trump, whom she supported in the 2016 presidential election.   
On August 5, 2017, McEnany
tweeted she was leaving CNN for another opportunity and appeared as the host of  the next day. Real News Update On August 7, 2017, the  Republican National Committee appointed McEnany as its national spokesperson. 
The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement, was released in early January 2018.
On the February 25, 2020 edition of
Trish Regan's show on Fox Business Network, McEnany praised Trump's handling of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, saying, "This President will always put America first, he will always protect American citizens, we will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here, we will not see terrorism come here and isn’t it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama.” 
On April 7, 2020, she was appointed
White House Press Secretary.
McEnany is married to professional
baseball pitcher Sean Gilmartin. The couple has one daughter.
"Thank you to my incredible @GOP colleagues!!". Twitter. April 18, 2018.
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Kayleigh McEnany (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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