Trump Campaign Kept Illegally Paying McEnany After She Took White House Job

Questions are being raised about a total of $12,000 White House Press Secretary; Kayleigh McEnany received from the Trump campaign after she was already working at the White House. McEnany was a spokesperson for the Trump campaign but was announced as the new White House Press Secretary on April 8. she did not give her first official briefing until May 1, but she had already started releasing official statements on behalf of the administration on April 13, according to Salon who originally reported the story.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 16: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House on July 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday afternoon, President Trump will deliver remarks about rolling back regulations for businesses and infrastructure projects. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The payments from the campaign were filed as payroll payments and consisted of McEnany’s usual bi-weekly payment of $6,000 paid out on April 16 and May 1. McEnany was also paid $524.57 in travel reimbursement paid out on May 26. McEnany said of the payments, “The campaign overpaid me, and I immediately paid them back,” McEnany said, claiming that “every penny has been paid back in the overlap.”

McEnany added that the travel expense was for, “travel for a rally” when she “had been unable to get a bill from the Hilton, which they provided many months after because of COVID timing.” McEnany did not prove the truth of her story to Salon but did send an email explaining the ‘mistaken payment.” She wrote, “I learned of the campaign’s mistaken payment on May 2nd, and I immediately contacted Trump Campaign CFO Sean Dollman to notify him of the error. The campaign’s mistaken payment has been paid back to ensure there was no overlapping payment beyond my April 13th start date at the White House.”

Salon continued to ask McEnany for evidence to back her claims, but she did not respond. Read more here.

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