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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

EXCLUSIVE: A fresh start! Barefaced Kayleigh McEnany spends her last full day as the face of Donald Trump's administration running errands in Tampa

 Kayleigh McEnany ditched her normal TV glam for a fresh face as she spent her last day as Trump’s press secretary running errands in Tampa, Florida, exclusive photos by DailyMail.com show.

The 32-year-old said goodbye to Washington D.C. on Friday, as she was seen packing up her office in the West Wing that night.

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.

The mother-of-one will remain on the payroll and finish up her last day from her home in Florida, a $850,000 WWII-era brick house that she shares with her husband, professional baseball player Sean Gilmartin.

On Tuesday morning, McEnany was spotted entering her home and appeared almost unrecognizable without the makeup TV viewers have grown accustomed to.

Kayleigh McEnany ditched her normal TV glam for a fresh face as she spent her last day as Trump’s press secretary running errands in Tampa, exclusive photos by DailyMail.com show

Kayleigh McEnany ditched her normal TV glam for a fresh face as she spent her last day as Trump’s press secretary running errands in Tampa, exclusive photos by DailyMail.com show 

Shortly before noon, Leanne McEnany, Kayleigh’s mother, appeared at the property in a BMW sedan to pick up her daughter and granddaughter
Shortly before noon, Leanne McEnany, Kayleigh’s mother, appeared at the property in a BMW sedan to pick up her daughter and granddaughter

Shortly before noon, Leanne McEnany, Kayleigh’s mother, appeared at the property in a BMW sedan to pick up her daughter and granddaughter

On Tuesday morning, McEnany was spotted entering her home and appeared almost unrecognizable without the makeup TV viewers have gotten accustomed to

On Tuesday morning, McEnany was spotted entering her home and appeared almost unrecognizable without the makeup TV viewers have gotten accustomed to 

Kayleigh McEnany was seen departing the White House for the last time Friday, days before Trump finishes his term, according to reports

Kayleigh McEnany was seen departing the White House for the last time Friday, days before Trump finishes his term, according to reports 


Her day started with a large bag of Starbucks breakfast goodies delivered shortly before 9am, a bag picked up by Gilmartin on the door steps of the Davis Island home.

Davis Island, just off downtown, is home to many celebrities, including Tom Brady who moved to the area when he was signed to play with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year. 

McEnany spent the day running errands from the back seat of her mother’s BMW with her 14-month-old daughter safely strapped next to her and mom playing chauffeur.  

The outgoing press secretary emerged from her home dressed casually in $200 beige Tory Burch flats, white jeans and a light sweater. 

McEnany was spotted carefully strapping daughter Blake into a baby seat then taking place beside the toddler.   

At one point on Tuesday, McEnany was seen with her hair in a messy bun and athletic top and shorts, appearing to have returned from a work out.  

McEnany will likely be remembered for the raucous press conferences where she defended her boss even if her words flew in the face of obvious truths.

Along with many administration officials, she left Washington last week without waiting for the arrival of President-elect Joe Biden. 

Last week Friday, McEnany confirmed her early exit on Twitter, writing: ‘So many Great Americans..As I leave the White House, I have the privilege of reading notes from incredible servants to our country.’ 

She later spent the day running errands from the back seat of her mother’s BMW with her 14-month-old daughter safely strapped next to her and mom playing chauffeur

She later spent the day running errands from the back seat of her mother’s BMW with her 14-month-old daughter safely strapped next to her and mom playing chauffeur

Shortly before noon, Leanne McEnany, McEnany's mother, appeared at the property in a BMW sedan to pick up her daughter and granddaughter

Shortly before noon, Leanne McEnany, McEnany's mother, appeared at the property in a BMW sedan to pick up her daughter and granddaughter

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

McEnany confirmed her exit on her personal Twitter account amid media reports

Her day started with a large bag of Starbucks breakfast goodies delivered shortly before 9am, a bag picked up by Gilmartin on the door steps of the Davis Island home

She continued: '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.

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

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

McEnany confirmed her exit on her personal Twitter account amid media reports

McEnany confirmed her exit on her personal Twitter account amid media reports

Sean Spicer
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Stephanie Grisham

White House press secretaries throughout Trump's term: Sean Spicer (left) Sarah Huckabee Sanders (center) Stephanie Grisham (right) and Kayleigh McEnany


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.

Come Monday, the press staff will be down to two following McEnany's departure.

While some people have been asked to stick around by the incoming administration, the White House has been reduced to a skeleton crew.

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.

The president is expected to leave the White House next Wednesday morning just before President-elect Joe Biden'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.

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