White House counselor Kellyanne Conway issued a surprise announcement earlier this month that she would be leaving her post in the Trump administration to spend more time with her family.
Though the initial statement offered few details, she publicly addressed the matter — along with her tenure in the White House — during an interview with Fox News Channel’s Martha MacCallum.
“This new not-so-normal”
Conway, who has been on President Donald Trump’s team since his 2016 campaign, cited a society fundamentally changed by the coronavirus pandemic as a factor in her decision to step down.
“What I’m doing is what millions and millions of parents across this country are doing, Martha, which is trying to navigate this new not-so-normal where the kids are learning from home, and I want to be there for them,” she said.
As for her time in the White House, she described the president as a “wonderful boss” who has “elevated women” to positions of power throughout both his business and political careers.
Nevertheless, Conway said she is a “mother first” who felt a responsibility to be with her children when they need her.
“The truth is, I love my job, and I always felt it was a blessing, not a burden, to work for this great nation, this country,” she said in describing her ability to “outlast” others who have served in the Trump administration.
“A positive force for change”
“You come here for the love of country, to think you can be one molecule that’s a positive force for change,” Conway added, stressing that she did not enter the administration for the money.
Her departure has coincided with reports about her husband, George Conway, who also stepped down from his post at the Lincoln Project, a political action group dedicated to campaigning against Trump’s re-election. His sentiments about the president have been fodder for prior media reports and have been reflected in social media comments by the couple’s teenage daughter.
As for Kellyanne Conway, she declined to delve into personal family details but confirmed that the two had reached an agreement to spend more time as a family with their children. She went on to stress that she has always done her best to keep personal matters out of the public eye.
“I don’t let anybody define me, and nobody can make you feel badly without your permission,” she said.
Regardless of their political differences, Americans of all backgrounds can relate to the Conways’ mutual commitment to putting family first.