How Conway Met Trump: Condo Meetings

She hopes to transition from public role to an insider one: profile
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2017 1:02 PM CST
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Kellyanne Conway.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Tired of seeing Kellyanne Conway on TV seemingly 24 hours a day? She knows the feeling. "Have I told you how sick I am of me?" reads one of her texts to Newser founder Michael Wolff, who profiles her in the Hollywood Reporter. Conway's official title is now "counselor to the president," and her hope is that she can transition to more of an insider's role from the very public one she now holds. She has, for example, been in all of Trump's major presidential meetings so far, notes Wolff, and she'd like to keep it that way. "That's what's at stake for her," he writes. "To be the most powerful woman in the United States government ever." The problem? Trump loves the way she handles the media (Wolff breaks down her "artful" technique in the piece), and he's pushing her to remain his public defender to some extent.

Doing both over the long term is all but impossible, however. Generally speaking, presidents don't want people who are privy to their secrets exposed to the public so constantly because it creates too much risk. For now, however, Conway has promised to keep "communications" as part of her job duties. On a related note, she dismisses those pushing for a boycott of her on the news talk shows: "I can put my shoes and panty hose back on and go on any show at any time." The profile also offers a nugget on how Conway—who, at 50, is married with four kids—came to work for Trump: She lived in Trump World Tower, and she began going to condo meetings. Trump also attended, and he recognized from her previous TV work on behalf of Republicans. "Hence, their conversation about politics began." Click for the full profile. (Read more Kellyanne Conway stories.)

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