Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway to step down

Washington DC, Aug 24 (efe-epa).- White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who had until now been one of the most visible faces of the government, announced on Sunday night that she will leave the administration of United States President Donald Trump at the end of August.

Her departure comes as campaigning for the presidential elections in November begins to heat up.

“I will be transitioning from the White House at the end of this month. George (her husband) is also making changes,” Conway said in a statement posted on her Twitter account.

“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,” she added.

A short while earlier, George Conway announced on Twitter that he was withdrawing from The Lincoln Project, a group made up of anti-Trump Republicans, “to devote more time to family matters.”

It is unclear whether Kellyanne Conway will still participate in this week’s Republican National Convention.

Conway’s announcement marks an abrupt end to her career as an adviser in the White House, where she earned a reputation as one of the president’s fiercest and most public defenders.

She was appointed adviser in 2016 after becoming the first woman to run a winning presidential campaign.

But her husband, George, a Washington attorney who was considered for various positions at the Justice Department at the beginning of Trump’s term, quickly emerged as an outspoken critic of Trump, who will stand for re-election in the Nov. 3 polls.

The lawyer went so far as to say that Trump was “guilty” of being unfit for office, and asked Congress to remove the “cancer” of Trump from the presidency, in addition to openly questioning the president’s mental health.

His opposition to the Republican president became more significant when he joined The Lincoln Project, most of whose members are part of the Never Trump movement.

In her statement, Kellyanne Conway said that the decision to leave the White House months before the elections was “completely” her choice.

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

“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,” she said.

“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,” she added. EFE-EPA


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