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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke July 20, 2021

No, Kayleigh McEnany isn’t JFK Jr.’s daughter

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  • Kayleigh McEnany is the daughter of Michael and Leanne McEnany. 
  • She is not John F. Kennedy’s granddaughter.

In a photo collage that’s being shared of Kayleigh McEnany, an image of the former press secretary for then-President Donald Trump is flanked by pictures of four members of the Kennedy family. 

There’s former President John F. Kennedy, who is identified as McEnany’s "grandpa" in the collage, and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who is identified as her "grandma." McEnany’s parents, according to the image, were John F. Kennedy Jr. and wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

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McEnany’s parents are Mike and Leanne McEnany.

In May 2020, Getty Images photographer Chip Somodevilla photographed McEnany with her parents as they posed behind the podium in the White House press briefing room.  

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They have been identified as McEnany’s parents in multiple media sources. In May 2020, for example, the Tampa Bay Times reported that McEnany "is the daughter of commercial roofing company owner Michael McEnany and Leanne McEnany."  Sports Illustrated said she "is the daughter of former Mississippi State defensive lineman Mike McEnany." 

Before he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, John F. Kennedy and Jackie had four children, including a stillborn child and a boy, Patrick, who died two days after his birth.

Their daughter, Caroline, was born in 1957, and John F. Kennedy Jr. was born two weeks after JFK won the presidency in 1960. 

In 1999, JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy died when the plane he was piloting crashed near Martha’s Vineyard. The couple didn’t have any children. 

Caroline married Edwin Schlossberg and they had three children: Rose, Tatiana and Jack Schlossberg.

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Our Sources

Facebook post, July 15, 2021

Getty Images, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany shows off new baby in briefing room, May 1, 2020

Tampa Bay Times, Kayleigh McEnany highlights Hillsborough GOP Lincoln Day dinner, Oct. 31, 2019

Sports Illustrated, A touch of maroon in the White House, May 17, 2020

The U.S. Sun, Trump’s wingwoman, Sept. 9, 2020

Salon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s parents received at least $1 million in relief funds, July 9, 2020

The Guardian, Kayleigh McEnany - the ‘acceptable’ face of Trumpism who infuriates liberals, May 10, 2020

McEnany Roofing, Meet our team, archived June 24, 2020

The New York Times, Bodies from Kennedy crash are found, July 22, 1999

Evening Standard, The young Kennedy family, Aug. 19, 2020

Boston Globe, 10 years after plane crash death, a look back at JFK Jr., July 16, 2009

Miller Center, John F. Kennedy: family life, visited July 20, 2021

The Sun, Family ties, Nov. 10, 2018

HuffPost, Jackie Kennedy’s five pregnancies — the tragic and the successful, Nov. 18, 2013

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Tribute to John F. Kennedy, Jr., Church of St. Thomas More, New York City, July 23, 1999


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