Kellyanne Conway has announced that she is to leave the White House at the end of this month, the day after her 15-year-old daughter Claudia said she was ‘officially pushing for emancipation’ from her parents in a series of tweets.
The 53-year-old counselor to the president said she was leaving for the sake of her family, to be ‘less drama, more mama’.
Her husband George, an attorney, is one of President Donald Trump‘s most vocal and pointed critics.
He is also stepping back from his role on the Lincoln Project, an outside group of Republicans devoted to defeating Trump in November. He will also take a hiatus from Twitter, the venue he has often used to attack the president.
In a statement, she called her time in the Trump administration ‘heady’ and ‘humbling,’ and said she and George were making the decision based on what they think is best for their four children.
‘We disagree about plenty,’ she wrote of her and her husband, ‘but we are united on what matters most: the kids.
‘Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year in the middle school and high school that will be conducted remotely from home for a least a few months. As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.’
Conway continued: ‘This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.’
Conway is among Trump’s longest-serving advisers.
She was Trump’s third campaign manager in 2016 and the first woman to successfully manage a presidential campaign to victory.
She joined the White House at the start of Trump’s term and has been one of his most visible and vocal defenders.
Conway informed Trump of her decision Sunday night in the Oval Office.
She is due to speak at the Republican National Convention this week.
Claudia Conway, 15, tweeted the day before to say her mother’s job has ‘ruined her life’, writing: ‘I’m devasted [sic] that my mother is actually speaking at the RNC. like DEVASTATED beyond compare.’
Claudia, who has previously called Trump ‘a f**king idiot’ and asked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ‘adopt her’, has become an outspoken critic of the president and her mother’s role in the administration on social media.
On Saturday night she wrote: ‘I’m officially pushing for emancipation. Buckle up because this is probably going to be public one way or another, unfortunately. Welcome to my lif….