White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announced that she will step down at the end of the month to focus on her family.
Conway, one of Trump’s longest-serving top advisers who managed his 2016 campaign, said that the last four years have been “heady” and “humbling.”
“I am deeply grateful to the President for this honor, and to the First Lady, the Vice President and Mrs. Pence, my colleagues in the White House and the Administration, and the countless people who supported me and my work,” she said in a statement. “The incredible men, women and children we’ve met along the way have reaffirmed my later - in - life experience that public service can be meaningful and consequential. For all of its political differences and cultural cleavages, this is a beautiful country filled with amazing people. The promise of America belongs to us all.”
Conway said that, along with her husband, she would leave to focus more on her children.
“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. 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.”
“This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.”
George Conway stepping down too:
Conway’s husband George Conway, a fierce Trump critic, said he would also step aside from his role at The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump conservative group that has poured millions into ads attacking him.
“So I’m withdrawing from @ProjectLincoln to devote more time to family matters. And I’ll be taking a Twitter hiatus,” he tweeted. “Needless to say, I continue to support the Lincoln Project and its mission. Passionately.”
Move comes after daughter seeks “emancipation”:
The Conways stepped down after their daughter joined their online political bickering, taking aim at Trump. More recently, 15-year-old Claudia Conway expressed dismay that her mother would be speaking at this week’s Republican National Convention.
The teen wrote that she is “devastated” by her mother’s decision and later said she was “officially pushing for emancipation” from her family after her mother’s job “ruined” her life.
“I’m not getting emancipated because of my mom’s job,” she added, “it is because of years of childhood trauma and abuse.”