Trump has officially named Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor when he takes office next month. Conway was widely credited with bringing a more disciplined approach to Trump’s presidential election campaign.
With Conway’s key advisory role, she will help Trump manage messaging and legislative priorities, the transition team said in a statement on Friday.
Conway was praised as the first woman campaign manager to steer a winning U.S. presidential campaign.
Before the Nov. 8 election and after, as a senior adviser on the transition team, Conway was a frequent presence on U.S. television news programs. Often, she was asked to defend or explain Trump’s thinking.
Conway “played a crucial role in my victory,” Trump stated. “She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message.”
In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” shortly after the announcement, Conway said Trump was finalizing his communications staff and was preparing to announce his choices for White House press secretary and related posts soon.
Asked when Trump would hold his first news conference, Conway avoided directly answering the question. Trump has held several rallies since winning the election but has not taken formal questions from reporters.
He canceled a Dec. 15 news conference to discuss how he would handle his vast business interests once in the White House and said he would reschedule that for January.
Conway told ABC that Trump was focusing on forming his Cabinet. “He’s been very busy doing that,” she said.
Because of her prominent role in the campaign and transition team, there had been considerable speculation over what post Conway, a veteran political strategist, might occupy in Trump’s administration.
Conway has four children, so she did not immediately accept the position. She, like any good parent would do, thought of her family first before agreeing.
“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,” Conway replied on Fox Business News.
“I see people on the weekend spending an awful lot of time on their golf games and that’s their right, but the kids will be with me, we live in the same house, and they come first.”
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