WASHINGTON - Kellyanne Conway and first daughter Ivanka Trump hosted military spouses at the White House on Wednesday as they talked about the challenges military spouses face with finding and maintaining employment.
Conway, the counselor to President Donald Trump, has been alongside him during his presidential campaign and has survived his staff shakeups inside the White House since he has taken office. Conway opened up to FOX 5 about the administration's policy agenda and her future plans within the Trump administration.
Trump signs Russia sanctions legislation
Despite calling it “seriously flawed,” President Trump signed off on a bill imposing new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea on Wednesday. FOX 5’s Ronica Cleary asked why the president still signed the legislation even with his displeasure with it.
“First, let me say that those sanctions are Russia, Iran and North Korea – three different countries and that is very important to note here. That certainly was a motivator,” Conway said. “Secondly, it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate so those who represent Americans across the country see the value in these sanctions and the president has agreed. He just wanted to make clear that none of these are perfectly drafted and perfectly done. Even though there are important steps to make sure that everybody is always reminded that he puts America first and the national security first in everything he does.”
White House communications director opening
After the recent firing of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, would Conway want to take over the position?
“The president makes all the personnel decision here,” said Conway. “I'm happy to be counsel to the president, which comes with a very large portfolio where I share responsibilities with so many of my White House colleagues … I will continue to support our press and [communications] efforts, and I have been doing that from Day 1.”
Conway revealed to FOX 5 that she has been offered the communications director role previously, but is happy with her current role.
“I would like to continue to help on policy as well because it's certainly within my background and certainly I see the direct impact," she said. "If I can draw a straight line, a nexus between the small role I have here on policy and impacting people's lives, it’s frankly why we are here. We are here to help Americans."
However, Conway also would listen to whatever role President Trump and new Chief of Staff John Kelly would ask her to consider.
“If the president and our new chief of staff feel that my talents are best used somewhere else, including ever outside this administration, then I will absolutely have an open ear to that," Conway said.
Thoughts on new Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly
Last week, Gen. John Kelly was named the new White House chief of staff by President Trump, taking over for Reince Priebus.
“Gen. Kelly is in his fifth decade of public service to this nation and I honor that and feel really blessed to be able to work underneath his leadership as a member of his staff here in the West Wing,” Conway said.
She added, “That has nothing to do with our outgoing chief of staff who I think should hold his head high in terms of what got done in first six months while he was here, and I think Reince Priebus will go down as one of the most successful RNC chairs.”
Regardless who the chief of staff is, the goal remains the same for Conway.
“Under Gen. Kelly, I’m a protocol and pecking order kind of gal, so I appreciate that," she said. "I'm a deferential and respectful kind of person and when the president needs to see anyone of us in a meeting or if there is something on his mind or if he is planning ahead on a particular policy issue, he knows where to find us, and I know I speak for all of my colleagues in the West Wing will be there to support those efforts.”
Watch more of FOX 5's interview with Conway below: