Trump defends adviser Conway, won’t fire her over political comments ,
President Donald Trump said on Friday he would not fire White House adviser Kellyanne Conway,
A day after a federal watchdog accused her of breaking U.S. law by making political statements in her official role and called for her ouster.”No, I’m not going to fire her. I think she’s a terrific person … She’s been loyal,” Trump told Fox News.
Conway, 52, is a former political pollster and consultant who became Trump’s campaign manager in 2016. She was the first woman to have managed a winning U.S. presidential campaign.
Now serving as counsellor to the president at the White House, Conway regularly defends Trump and attacks his rivals online and in television interviews, often on the White House grounds.
It said in a statement: “Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions by disparaging Democratic
presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.”
In recent months, Conway has criticized Democratic candidates Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on Fox News and CNN.
“She’s got to have the right of responding to questions. It really sounds to me like a free speech thing,” the Republican president told the conservative news outlet.
Richard Painter, ethics counsel to former Republican President George W. Bush, rejected Trump’s argument, saying Conway could make political statements in a private capacity, but not in her official, taxpayer-funded role.
The White House rejected the OSC recommendation and demanded its withdrawal, according to a letter released on Thursday.
On Thursday, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) cited Conway’s television comments and social media posts as violations of the Hatch Act ,