Kellyanne Conway, Trump assistant, announces resignation, cites family reasons – National


Kellyanne Conway, one of the most influential and longest-serving advisers to President Donald Trump, announced on Sunday that she would leave the White House at the end of the month.Conway, Trump’s campaign manager during the stretched run of the 2016 race, was the first woman to successfully lead a White House candidacy and then became a senior advisor to the president. She briefed Trump on her decision in the Oval Office.

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Conway spoke of the need to spend time with her four children in a resignation letter she posted Sunday night. Her husband, George, had become an outspoken critic of Trump and his family a subject of Washington rumor.

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“We don’t agree on abundance, but we are united on what matters most: children,” she wrote. “For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mom.”

She is still expected to speak at the Republican National Convention this week. Her husband, a lawyer who quit Trump after the 2016 campaign, had joined the Lincoln Project, an outside group of Republicans dedicated to defeating Trump.

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The politically contradictory marriage has generated a lot of speculation in the Beltway and online. George Conway also announced on Sunday that he was taking time off from Twitter and the Lincoln Project.

Kellyanne Conway worked for years as a pollster and Republican agent and initially supported Senator Ted Cruz in the 2016 Republican primary. She moved on to the Trump campaign and this August became campaign manager while Stephen Bannon is became campaign president; Bannon was indicted two days ago for fraud.

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Conway cited the need to help his children learn remotely during the coronavirus pandemic as a need to move away from his position. She has remained a trusted voice within the West Wing and has led several initiatives, including on the fight against opioid abuse.

She was also known for her strong defense of the president in media appearances, sometimes offering dizzying rebuttals while once touting the virtues of “alternative facts” to back her case. Conway was also an informal adviser to the president’s re-election effort, but resisted the move to the campaign.

His departure comes at an inopportune time for Trump, who faces a deficit in the polls as the Republican National Convention begins on Monday. Its release was first reported by the Washington Post.

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