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Fact Check-Kayleigh McEnany is not JFK’s granddaughter

Social media users are falsely saying that former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is the granddaughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy and the daughter of John F. Kennedy Jr.

Examples can be seen here and here .

The text in one post reads: “Lastly, we have the beloved Kayleigh McEnany who is believed to be one of four of JFK Jr. & Carolyn Bessette’s secret children that were had behind the scenes.”

There is no evidence to support this claim.

Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy did not have any children. The couple died when a plane Kennedy Jr. was flying crashed into the Atlantic on July 16, 1999 (here).

A 2020 photograph of McEnany with her parents can be seen on Getty Images here .

The caption reads: “White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds her five-month-old daughter Blake Gilmartin while posing for photographs with her parents Mike and Leanne McEnany and younger sister Ryann McEnany at the podium in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House May 01, 2020 in Washington, DC.”

Photographs of McEnany with her father can be seen in McEnany’s social media posts here and here . Photographs with her mother can be seen here and here .

VERDICT

False. Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is not the daughter of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .         

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