President-elect Donald Trump has named campaign manager Kellyanne Conway counselor to the president.
A veteran political strategist who has worked closely with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Vice President Dan Quayle, Jack Kemp, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Mrs. Conway joined the Trump campaign as manager along with Steve Bannon shortly after the ouster of Paul Manafort in August.
Conway became the face of the Trump campaign in the fall presidential campaign and is the founder and CEO of The Polling Company, a political strategy firm she founded in 1995.
Announcing the addition of Conway to the Trump White House staff, the Trump transition team released a statement in which Mr. Trump described Conway as a “trusted advisor and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory.”
“In her position, Conway will continue her role as a close advisor to the president and will work with senior leadership to effectively message and execute the Administration’s legislative priorities and actions. She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message,” Trump said in a statement.
Speaking to Fox’s Maria Bartiromo on Mornings with Maria on Thursday, Conway admitted she turned down the first role of White House Press Secretary Mr. Trump offered and accepted the position of counselor to the President after carefully weighing advantages and responsibilities of the role.
Describing her role as resembling Valerie Jarrett’s position as senior adviser to the president, Conway stated she accepted the job because she found the portfolio included responsibilities she was both familiar and comfortable with.
Conway expressed some reservations over the time required to successfully confront her position in the Trump administration and revealed her plans to move her entire family to Washington, but told Bartiromo her career is an issue which will not interfere with her devotion to family.
Telling Bartiroro she expects the Trump White House to be family-friendly, Conway said in a moment of levity: “I would say that I don’t play golf and I don’t have a mistress. So I have a lot of time that a lot of these other men don’t.”
Watch the full interview on Fox Business Network below.
[New York Post] [Photo courtesy Wall Street Journal]