Top White House adviser Kellyann Conway announced on Sunday evening that she is stepping down from her duties in the Trump administration in order to spend more time with her family.
“This is completely my choice and my voice,” she said in a statement.”In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.”
Husband George Conway also revealed in a separate announcement that he is taking a hiatus from anti-Trump political action committee the Lincoln Project in order to “devote more time to family matters.”
Focus on the family
Both Conways’ announcements came after daughter Claudia, 15, announced on Twitter Sunday morning that she is seeking emancipation from her parents.
Claudia Conway has become increasingly vocal in recent months in her criticism of her parents, culminating on Sunday in a series of tweets claiming that Kellyanne’s job in the White House “ruined her life.” Claudia has been similarly critical of her anti-Trump father George.
Neither Conway cited Claudia’s statements as their official reason for their shocking decisions. Kellyanne Conway said that challenges related to “teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months” were the impetus behind her decision.
Kellyanne Conway joined Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign as the president’s campaign manager and stayed on after his inauguration as Senior Counselor to the president — becoming one of the longest-serving White House officials.
Conway said in her statement that stepping down is “completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans.”
Kellyanne and George’s odd — and very public — juxtaposition in political views have drawn speculation for years, but Kellyanne put those rumors to rest, stating “we disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids.”
White House responds
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reacted to Conway’s resignation notice on Monday morning, revealing in a “CBS This Morning” interview that Conway’s departure will be a “big blow” to the administration.
“We certainly will be praying for her as she made this decision that some people will see … as a difficult decision,”” he added. “But I believe if you ask Kellyanne Conway, she believes she made the right decision for her family.”
“Kellyanne is going to be missed. America loves her,” Meadows continued. “We certainly will miss her here at the White House. But listen, this is all about making a priority for family. That’s what this president’s about, and that’s what Kellyanne Conway’s about.”