Trump's New WH Counselor: Kellyanne Conway
Former campaign manager 'played a crucial role in my victory': president-elect
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2016 7:31 AM CST
In this Dec. 1, 2016, photo, Kellyanne Conway, Trump-Pence campaign manager, is shown prior to a forum at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Kellyanne Conway was devoted as Donald Trump's campaign manager (so much so she says she's getting death threats as a result), and her loyalty has now been rewarded. The president-elect announced Thursday that Conway will serve as his counselor in the Oval Office, Reuters reports, noting in a transition team statement that Conway "played a crucial role in my victory." "She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message," his statement continues. Conway had announced Tuesday that she'd be moving to DC with her family, noting at the time that "I will either stay outside and run the political super-structure, or I will go into the West Wing and take a position right next to the president," per Fox News.

The transition team says that Conway, who CNN notes was the first woman campaign manager to lead a successful White House run, will facilitate the new administration's legislative missions and assist other senior White House officials with messaging. Conway, who jumped into the Trump fray in early July and replaced Paul Manafort as campaign manager in August, had previously stumped for Ted Cruz as head of one of his super PACs, where she had laid into Trump for "[building] a lot of his business on the backs of the little guy." Conway says in the transition team statement that she's "humbled and honored to play a role in helping transform the movement he has led into a real agenda of actions and results." She had noted to Fox on Tuesday: "I have the president-elect’s trust and I have his ear."

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