Kayleigh McEnany Leaves White House Just Days Before President Trump Finishes his Term but will Continue as Press Secretary Until Wednesday

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany takes a question in the White House briefing room on Thursday. | REUTERS

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has officially left the White House, one week after giving her final briefing and just days before President Trump finishes his term.

McEnany had her last day in the West Wing on Friday and was seen packing up her office later that night, according to reports.

Despite her departure, she reportedly remains on payroll and will continue working in her official capacity from her hometown of Tampa until Wednesday, when Joe Biden is sworn in.

McEnany did not give a farewell press conference nor had she announced when she was leaving, but confirmed her exit on her personal Twitter account following media reports.

‘So many Great Americans..As I leave the White House, I have the privilege of reading notes from incredible servants to our country,’ she wrote Friday night.

‘Men and Women whose names you do not know but who have served their country with pride until the end,’ she added before signing off with three American flags.

McEnany’s departure comes a week after she gave her last press conference at the White House briefing room where she addressed the violent riots at the Capitol in a short, rushed statement.

She abruptly called a press briefing last Thursday to speak on ‘behalf of the entire White House’ in condemning the violence – but also defended the ‘peaceful protesters’ who descended on Washington D.C. to object the results of the presidential election.

She spoke for less than two minutes, reading a statement from her notebook, before fleeing the room without answering any questions.

‘Let me be clear, the violence we saw yesterday at our nation’s capital was appalling reprehensible and antithetical to the American way,’ McEnany said.

‘What we saw yesterday was a group of violent rioters undermining the legitimate first amendment rights of the many thousands who came to peacefully have their voices heard, in our nation’s capital.’

‘Those who violently besieged our Capitol, are the opposite of everything this administration stands for the core value of our administration is the idea that all citizens have the right to live and safety, peace and freedom.’

McEnany did not take any questions from the press despite their best efforts to grab her attention following her short remarks.

McEnany was the fourth person to hold the role of press secretary during Trump’s presidency.

She took on the position in early April, replacing Stephanie Grisham who had been appointed in July 2019.

Unlike her predecessor, McEnany gave public briefings relatively often and became known as one of President Trump’s biggest defenders in times of controversy, even reiterating his claims of election fraud.

Up until Friday, McEnany had held 42 formal briefings since her first on May 1, and spoke for an average of 23 minutes, according to former CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller.

While Trump was once expected to leave office as the most powerful voice in the Republican Party and the leading contender for its 2024 nomination, he has been shunned by much of the party over his response to the violence, which left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

The president is expected to leave the White House next Wednesday morning just before President-elect Joe Bide’s inauguration to begin his post-presidential life in Florida.

Refusing to abide by tradition and participate in the ceremonial transfer of power, Trump will instead hold his own departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland before his final flight aboard Air Force One.

Officials are considering an elaborate send-off event reminiscent of the receptions he’s received during state visits abroad, complete with a red carpet, color guard, military band and even a 21-gun salute, according to a person familiar with the planning who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.

Trump will become only the fourth president in history to boycott his successor’s inauguration.

And while he has said he is now committed to a peaceful transition of power – after months of trying to delegitimize Biden’s victory with baseless allegations of mass voter fraud and spurring on his supporters who stormed the Capitol – he has made clear he has no interest in making a show of it.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Karen Ruiz

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