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Kellyanne Conway Announces She Will Leave The White House To Focus On Family

“For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.”

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, speaks to reporters outside of the West Wing of the White House on August 6, 2020. | Getty Images
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, speaks to reporters outside of the West Wing of the White House on August 6, 2020. | Getty Images

Kellyanne Conway, a senior advisor to President Trump and his former campaign manager, announced Sunday evening that she will leave the White House at the end of the month to focus on her family. Her husband, George Conway, a conservative lawyer and outspoken critic of the president, also said that he would leave anti-Trump political action committee The Lincoln Project to “devote more time to family matters.”

“I will be transitioning from the White House at the end of this month. George is also making changes. We disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids,” Kellyanne, a major booster to Trump’s campaign in 2016, said in a statement. “Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months. As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.”

Kellyanne’s announcement came a day before the Republican National Convention (RNC) is scheduled to start on Monday. Kellyanne is expected to speak on Wednesday.

Over the weekend, Kellyanne’s 15-year-old daughter Claudia, who has gained national attention in recent months for posting anti-Trump TikTok videos, likewise responded to her parents’ announcements with two cheeky videos. 

Claudia, who has also previously responded critically to her mother’s tweets, tweeted on Saturday that she was “DEVASTATED beyond compare” after she allegedly learned that her mother would speak at the RNC. 

Claudia then sent another tweet saying she will be “officially pushing for emancipation,” followed by a string of others in which she addressed her parents' careers. In one tweet, she wrote that Kellyanne’s job ruined her life, adding, “heartbreaking that she continues to go down that path after years of watching her children suffer. selfish. it’s all about money and fame, ladies and gentlemen.” She then clarified on Sunday that she wouldn’t be seeking emancipation because of her mother’s job, but because of “years of childhood trauma and abuse.”

In a text-based TikTok on Sunday, Claudia said she would be taking a break.

She wrote: “words are not enough to express my love for my following. you are all amazing. thank you for the support and love. may you feel my love and peace back. i am taking a break to process this recent news and to stabilize my mental health. i love you. i love you. i love you.”

Kellyanne has become infamous over the years for her fierce advocacy of many of Trump’s policies and her relentless defense of false statements by him and others in his administration. In 2017, her interview with “Meet The Press” was widely shared after she said then-press secretary Sean Spicer gave "alternative facts" regarding attendance numbers for Trump’s inauguration. (The administration has long been accused of presenting inflated numbers that contradict photos taken at the event.)

Conway said in her statement that she will “in time” announce future plans. As of Monday, she hasn’t directly addressed Claudia’s social posts.

“It is completely my choice and my voice,” she wrote. “For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.”