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%.
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.