“I’m pleased she’ll be part of my senior team in the West Wing.” – Trump
Trump’s Campaign Manager, Kellyanne Conway will join the Trump administration in a new role — Counselor to the President.
Conway turned down an offer to function as Press Secretary but will work closely with that individual who will be announced soon. As counselor to the president, Conway will still have a hand in communications and said that while her role will be similar to that of Valerie Jarret with President Obama and Karen Hughes with President Bush (43), she will not compare herself to any other individual.
President-elect Donald Trump tapped former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway as “counselor to the president,” the presidential transition team announced Thursday morning.
The transition team said Conway, the first female campaign manager to win a presidential race, will work with White House senior leadership on messaging and to help execute the administration’s legislative priorities.
“In her position, Conway will continue her role as a close adviser to the President and will work with senior leadership to effectively message and execute the Administration’s legislative priorities and actions,” the Trump transition said in a statement.
Conway’s role would be similar to Karen Hughes’ position in the Bush 43 administration — placing her close to the President, and handing her responsibility for much of the big-picture communication duties for the White House, a transition source told CNN’s Jim Acosta.
The source drew parallels between Conway and Hughes, and also compared Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon to Bush’s political maven Karl Rove, and chief of staff Reince Priebus to his Bush counterpart, Andy Card.
In an interview on “New Day” the day of the announcement, Conway told host Chris Cuomo that the job “portfolio will be whatever the President wants it to be.”
“It is likely to include communications, and is likely to include data and strategy,” she said. “I’m just really pleased and frankly very humbled to take on this role in the West Wing.”
Trump praised Conway in the announcement, calling her “a trusted adviser and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory,” adding she has “amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message.”
Other members of Trump’s communication team were announced Thursday:
President-elect Donald Trump announced the senior members of his White House communications staff on Thursday.
Transition aides Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, Jason Miller and Dan Scavino will serve in the administration. Trump named Spicer his White House press secretary, while Hicks will serve as strategic communications director, Miller will serve as communications director, and Scavino will be social media director.
“Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition,” Trump said in a statement. “I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again.”
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