White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared a part of herself during her speech Wednesday at the Republican National Convention that revealed the hurdles she’s overcome in her life, but ones she’s never let hold her back.
She told of the difficult decision she had to make in her early 20s to have a double mastectomy after testing positive for a genetic mutation that made her chances of getting breast cancer overwhelmingly high. It was also that eight women in her family were diagnosed with cancer that led to her decision to have the preventative procedure.
“For nearly a decade, I was at Moffitt Cancer Center getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. During these visits, I crossed paths with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength, they are American heroes,” McEnany explained.
“On May 1, 2018, I followed in my mother’s footsteps choosing to get a preventative mastectomy,” she said. “I was scared. The night before I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day, with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer, a decision I now celebrate.”
President Donald Trump, she said, cares for American people going through trials similar to what she went through. And he and Ivanka both called Kayleigh as she was recovering from surgery that day.
“I have a 9-month old daughter. She’s a beautiful, sweet little girl. And I choose to work for this President for her. When I look into my baby’s eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America’s future. A future President Trump will fight for,” McEnany explained.
She concluded, “Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children’s future, was the easiest.”
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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered U.S. warships to remain in the Mediterranean Sea as tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia, according to a new report from The Hill.
“Austin directed the USS Harry Truman carrier strike group to remain in European Command’s area of operations instead of transiting to Central Command’s area of operations — which includes Northeast Africa across the Middle East to South Asia,” The Hill reported.
The change “reflects the need for a persistent presence in Europe and is necessary to reassure our allies and partners of our commitment to collective defense,” the official told the outlet.
Russia claims it does not intend to invade Ukraine, however, earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded the U.S. and its European allies prevent Ukraine from joining NATO as Russia has massed an estimated 175,000 troops near the Ukrainian border in apparent preparation for an invasion.
U.S. and Russian officials are set to meet on January 10 for negotiations, and on January 12 there will be a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council.
“The Truman strike group left Naval Station Norfolk, Va., and Mayport, Fla., on Dec. 1 for a regularly scheduled deployment and has been in the Mediterranean Sea. Last week, the group conducted multiple tactical operations and exercises with the Tunisian Navy,” The Hill reported. “The group includes the flagship USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier, as well as the cruiser USS San Jacinto and the guided-missile destroyers USS Bainbridge, USS Cole, USS Gravely, and USS Jason Dunham.”
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