Who is Kellyanne Conway? Donald Trump's White House adviser and why are there calls for her to be removed?

A US government watchdog has said White House aide Kellyanne Conway should be sacked for engaging in banned political activities.

But what do we know about the woman credited with crafting much of the strategy that carried Trump to his shock election victory? We reveal all…

Who is Kellyanne Conway?

Kellyanne Conway is the first woman campaign manager of either major political party to win a presidential general election.

Before her work with Trump the 49-year-old was a political pollster and consultant specialising in targeting women voters.

She served as Trump's third campaign manager and is also a frequent guest on television news shows.

What role has Donald Trump handed to Kellyanne Conway?

Donald Trump has handed Kellyanne Conway the post of counsellor to the president.

She will continue as a close advisor after he is sworn in next month, a transition team statement said.

Trump said in a statement: “Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted advisor and strategist who 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.”

She said she was "humbled and honoured" to be named to the position.

"I want to thank the president-elect for this amazing opportunity.

Kellyanne said: "A Trump presidency will bring real change to Washington and to Americans across this great nation."

What was her role in the election?

Kellyanne Conway was Donald Trump’s campaign manager.

She was credited with crafting much of the strategy that carried Trump to his shock election victory.

Since the election she has been playing a leading role advising he as he prepares to enter the White House.

Why are there calls for her to be removed?   

A federal watchdog has urged Trump fire to fire Conway for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers.

The US Office of Special Counsel, which is unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's office, said in a letter to the President that she has been a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act.

What has Conway said about being sexually assaulted?

The aide made the comments as she was defending Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing allegations of sexual assault.

She told the CNN news channel: “I feel very empathetic for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape.

 

"I’m a victim of sexual assault.

“I don’t expect Judge Kavanaugh or anybody to be held responsible for that.”

Kavanaugh is being investigated by the FBI for alleged sexual misconduct.

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