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 remain working in her official capacity from her hometown of Tampa until Wednesday, when Joe Biden is sworn in.
Kayleigh McEnany was seen departing the White House for the last time Friday, days before Trump finishes his term, according to reports
Her departure comes a week after she gave her final press briefing after which she fled the room (right) without taking questions. McEnany read a less than two-minute statement where she said she spoke on ‘behalf of the entire White House’ in condemning the violence at the Capitol
McEnany did not announce she was leaving nor did she give a farewell press conference, but confirmed her exit on her personal Twitter account amid media reports.
White House press secretaries during Trump’s presidency
- Sean Spicer – January 20, 2017 -July 21, 2017
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders – July 21, 2017 – July 1, 2019
- Stephanie Grisham – July 1, 2019 – April 7, 2020
- Kayleigh McEnany – April 7, 2020 – January 15, 2021
‘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 where she addressed the violent riots at the Capitol in a brief 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.
‘Let me be clear, the violence we saw yesterday at our nation’s capital was appalling reprehensible and antithetical to the American way,’ she said.
McEnany spoke for less than two minutes, reading a statement from her notebook, before fleeing the room without answering any questions.
‘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,’ she said in condemning the siege of the Capitol building by pro-Trump demonstrators.
McEnany confirmed her exit on her personal Twitter account amid media reports
McEnany was the fourth person during Trump’s presidency to take on the role of White House press secretary after replacing Stephanie Grisham in April
She became known as one of President Trump’s biggest defenders, especially in times of controversy
‘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.’
She 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 and even reiterated 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 some people have been asked to stick around by the incoming administration, the White House has been reduced to a skeleton crew. Come Monday, the press staff will be down to two.
Meanwhile Trump will leave Washington with his future deeply uncertain, two weeks after his supporters sent lawmakers and congressional staffers scrambling for safety as they tried to halt the peaceful transition of power.
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.