Kayleigh McEnany accidentally reveals Trump's private bank account number while holding up the check he issued to the health department to fight COVID-19
- Trump has donated $ 100,000 of his presidential salary to the Ministry of Health and Human Services
- Press officer Kayleigh McEnany held up Trump's check during a press conference at HHS, revealing his bank account number
- Security experts say the information could be used by hackers to access funds, but Trump is likely to have additional protection in his accounts to prevent such an act
- Some Twitter users took the opportunity to make fun of Trump and joked that his account was "probably oversubscribed".
- White House officials said the media focus on McEnany's faux pas is a "shameful" way to deviate from the president's unselfish donation
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White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany accidentally released President Trump's private bank account and bank routing numbers on Friday.
32-year-old McEnany announced the sensitive information during her daily press conference while holding up a check that the commander-in-chief had issued to the Ministry of Health and Human Services.
Already in 2016, Trump vowed to waive his $ 400,000 annual presidential salary due to his billionaire status, and said he would instead donate the money to companies of his choice.
McEnany announced on Friday that the president had decided to donate $ 100,000 of his 2020 earnings to HHS to "support efforts to combat, contain, and control the coronavirus." Then she waved the camera check around.
A government official told the New York Times that the meeting never used bogus checks – which seemed to confirm that the McEnany showcase was legitimate.
White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany accidentally released President Trump's private bank account and bank routing numbers on Friday
The incident has alarmed Eva Velasquez, President and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center.
"It's not a good practice to share this information publicly," she told The Times.
"If you have no protection, there are sophisticated systems and ways in which someone can access this money if they know the account and sort code, and the person they belong to."
However, according to Velasquez, President Trump's account is likely to have additional security measures taken due to his status. His account is unlikely to be hacked because of McEnany's faux pas.
A government official told the New York Times that the meeting never used bogus checks – which seemed to confirm that the McEnany showcase was legitimate
However, this did not prevent social media users from making fun of McEnany and Trump.
"Harvard Law has some explanations to do," quipped a Twitter user, wondering how McEnany could have graduated from the prestigious school before making the check mistake.
"Russian hackers will be drinking premium vodka in Moscow tonight!" a second user was joking.
In the meantime, another took the opportunity to claim that Trump is not as rich as he says and remarked that his account was "probably overdrawn".
The exact fortune of the president is not known. In March, Forbes estimated that he had $ 3.1 billion in fortune, compared to the $ 4.1 billion that he had forecast for 2015.
The exact fortune of the president is not known. In March, Forbes estimated that he had $ 3.1 billion in fortune, compared to the $ 4.1 billion that he had forecast for 2015
In the meantime, others claimed that it was not a problem that McEnany had disclosed the president's personal information.
& # 39; This is such a stupid thing for the New York Times to publish. Literally every check contains this information, which is printed on the bottom with magnetic ink. If it were really sensitive, people would not easily distribute it to their landlords and dog sitters, ”said one person.
The White House spokesman, Judd Deere, agreed.
"Today, the president's salary has helped advance new therapies to treat this virus, but leave it up to the media to find a shameful reason not just to report the facts, but instead to focus on whether the check is real or not, "he explained.