Kayleigh McEnany accidentally reveals Trump’s private bank account number while holding up the check he gave to the health department to fight COVID-19
- Trump has donated $ 100,000 of his presidential salary to the Department of Health and Human Services
- Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany handed over Trump’s check to the HHS at a news conference, revealing his bank account number
- Security experts say the information could be used by hackers to access money, but Trump likely has additional protection on his accounts to prevent such action
- White House officials said media coverage of McEnany’s faux was just a “shameful” way to stray from the president’s selfless donation
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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany accidentally revealed President Trump’s private bank account and routing numbers on Friday.
McEnany, 32, revealed the sensitive information during her daily press briefing as she held up a check that the commander in chief had issued to the Department of Health and Human Services.
In 2016, Trump vowed to forgo his annual presidential salary of $ 400,000 because of his billionaire status and said he would instead donate the money to companies of his choice.
On Friday, McEnany revealed that the President had chosen to donate $ 100,000 of his 2020 income to the HHS in an effort to “support the efforts being made to fight, control and fight the coronavirus.” Then she waved at the cameras.
An administrative assistant told it The New York Times that fake checks were never used during the briefing – and seemed to confirm that the one McEnany flaunted was legitimate.
White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, accidentally unveiled President Trump’s private bank account and routing numbers on Friday
The incident has alarmed Eva Velasquez, the president and chief executive of the Identity Theft Resource Center.
“It’s not a good practice to share that information publicly,” she told The Times.
“If you don’t have protection, there are sophisticated arrangements and ways in which someone can access those funds knowing the account and routing number and the individual person it belongs to.”
However, Velasquez says it is likely that President Trump’s account has taken additional security measures because of his status. His account is unlikely to be hacked due to McEnany’s fake attempt.
A government official told The New York Times that fake checks were never used in the briefing – and seemed to confirm that the one McEnany flaunted was legit
However, that didn’t stop social media users from poking fun at both McEnany and Trump.
“Harvard Law needs to explain something,” quipped a Twitter user, wondering how McEnany could have graduated from the prestigious school before making the mistake with the check.
“Russian hackers will drink premium vodka in Moscow tonight!” a second user joked.
Meanwhile, another took it as an opportunity to claim that Trump is not as wealthy as he says he is, noting that his account was “probably overdone.”
The exact net worth of the President is unknown. In March, Forbes estimated that he had a fortune of $ 3.1 billion, down from the $ 4.1 billion they forecast in 2015.
The exact net worth of the President is unknown. In March, Forbes estimated that he had a fortune of $ 3.1 billion, down from the $ 4.1 billion they forecast in 2015
Meanwhile, others claimed it was no problem that McEnany had disclosed the president’s personal information.
This is so stupid for The New York Times to publish. Literally every check contains this information, which is printed on the bottom in magnetic ink. If it were really sensitive, people wouldn’t just hand it out to their landlords and dog sitters, ”one person said.
White House spokesman Judd Deere agreed.
Today, the president’s salary has helped promote new therapies to treat this virus, but leave it to the media to find an embarrassing reason for not simply reporting the facts, instead resorting to focuses on whether the check is real or not, “he said.
Harvard Law grad McEnany didn’t become White House press officer until early this month. She was photographed with the President last week