Transcription: remarques RNC de Kayleigh McEnany

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I am Kayleigh McEnany.

Most of you know me as a supporter of President Trump, but tonight I’m here to share with you how he supported me – both as a new mom and as an American suffering from dementia. ‘a pre-existing disease.

It was a few days before Christmas and I was 21 when I received a call that changed my life.

It was my doctor who informed me that I had tested positive for the BRCAII genetic mutation – a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%.

It was the same mutation my mother had, causing her to undergo a preventative mastectomy – removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease that has taken way too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends.In my family, 8 women have been diagnosed with breast cancer – many in their twenties.

I have now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was regularly at my cancer hospital, undergoing MRIs and ultrasounds, and participating in necessary surveillance.

During these visits, I have crossed paths with brave women fighting cancer and struggling with chemotherapy. They testified to American strength. They are American heroes.

On May 1, 2018, I followed in my mother’s footsteps by choosing to undergo a preventive mastectomy.

I was afraid. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself.

But the next day, with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I had a mastectomy, virtually eliminating the risk of breast cancer – a decision I’m celebrating now.

During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have support from my family, but I had more support than I expected.

One of the first calls I got out of the anesthesia was from Ivanka Trump.

A few days later, as I was recovering, my phone rang. It was President Trump, who called to verify me.

I was dazzled.

Here is the leader of the free world who cares about me.

Although I did not personally know the President then, I know him well now and I can tell you that this President loves the American people, supports Americans with pre-existing conditions, and supports working mothers.

When I started working for President Trump my husband and I got pregnant with our first child, I saw President Trump at rallies. He regularly asked me how my baby was doing.

In the same way that President Trump supported me, he supports you.

I see him every day.

I heard him say that the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers.

I have seen him deliver heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who have lost their children to a crime on the streets.

I saw him fight for Americans who lost their jobs.

President Trump is fighting for the American people because he cares about stories like these.

Now my daughter is 9 months old. She is a pretty sweet little girl.

and I choose to work for this president for her.

When I look into my baby’s eyes, I see new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.

It means protecting America’s future – a future President Trump will fight for

where our neighborhoods are protected.

where life is sacred.

where God is cherished – not withdrawn from our schools, withdrawn from our commitment and erased from our history.

I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump’s America.

Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the most difficult decision I made.

But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children’s future, has been the easiest.

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