White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has announced that she will be leaving the administration of US President Donald Trump at the end of August, citing the need to focus on her family.
“I will be transitioning from the White House at the end of this month”, she said in a statement.
Her departure, about two months before Trump seeks re-election, comes at a crucial time for the president, and leaves him without one of the more passionate spokespersons about his political and policy choices.
Conway was his third campaign manager in 2016 and has been one of Trump’s most loyal and outspoken defenders in public and on news networks.
She was also the first woman to successfully manage a presidential campaign to victory and, more recently, was instrumental in getting Trump to restart regular, but shorter, White House briefings about the coronavirus outbreak.
Resumption of the briefings is seen as having helped arrest a drop in support for Trump largely because of his handling of the pandemic.