Posted: 7:27 am Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Ending weeks of speculation on her role in the Trump Administration, Kellyanne Conway, who managed Donald Trump’s winning campaign for President, will stay on as a top aide to the real estate mogul, serving as his Counselor in the White House.
“Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted advisor and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory,” Mr. Trump said in a written statement issued on Thursday morning.
It is great that Kellyanne Conway will be a senior counselor to President Trump. She is smart, positive, energetic and courageous.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 22, 2016
“She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message,” the President-Elect added, saying that she would work “to effectively message and execute the Administration’s legislative priorities and actions.”
“I am pleased that she will be part of my senior team in the West Wing.”
Well known in Washington before signing on with Trump for her work as a pollster, Conway stood by him through thick and thin.
“Hashtag: he’s your President. How about that?” Conway said in a post-election scrap with top aides of the Clinton campaign a few weeks ago.
306. Landslide. Blowout. Historic. https://t.co/ObYZDo8cBq
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 28, 2016
Michigan! Eating Cheetos & Vienna Fingers on Trump Air at 230 am en route from Grand Rapids to NYC on Election Day that much more worth it. https://t.co/TAnVectG6K
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 24, 2016
“I am humbled and honored to play a role in helping transform the movement he has led into a real agenda of action and results,” Conway said in a statement issued by the Trump Transition.
Conway’s appointment is one of many job choices that still must be made by the President-Elect, as he has continued a variety of meetings at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida in recent days.
Two Cabinet positions remain unfilled at this point – Agriculture and Veterans Affairs.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.