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Report: Conway Sidelined From TV After Flynn Debacle

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White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 03:21 PM

Kellyanne Conway has been sidelined from making television appearances after making statements that conflicted with the White House, particularly after the debacle surrounding the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to news reports.

"Clearly, they're having much more of a drama-free week," a source close to the White House told CNN Money on Wednesday. "Having Kellyanne off television is helping them."

Conway, 50, a pollster who is counselor to the president, has not been interviewed on television since last week.

That Monday, she said Flynn had President Donald Trump's "full confidence" in light of reports about his discussions with the Russian ambassador regarding sanctions imposed by the Obama administration over election-related hacking.

Flynn, 58, a retired Army lieutenant general, resigned later that day.

The next day, Conway told "Today" on NBC that Flynn had offered to resign, but White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Trump had asked Flynn to resign.

She was ripped by "Today" host Matt Lauer — and "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough said last week they would no longer interview Conway on their MSNBC program.

Conway has since not appeared on television, CNN Money reported, and is only doing radio appearances. She was interviewed Tuesday by conservative talk-show host Hugh Hewitt.

Trump and his top advisers concluded Conway's appearances were creating consternation for the administration, the sources said.

She was "off message," a White House source told CNN Money.

Conway was already under fire for plugging Ivanka Trump's clothing line in a White House interview with Fox News on Feb. 9, leading House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz to slam the remarks as "over the line" and "unacceptable."

Conway did not respond to a request for comment, but White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders ripped any suggestion Conway had been sidelined.

"This is another wild-goose chase," she told CNN Money. "Kellyanne has a number of media appearances this week and also has a large portfolio at the White House and is spending significant time focusing on it."

Conway told CNN before the Flynn situation she would be scaling back her television appearances.

"I'm trying to reduce my television exposure," she said.

The sources told CNN Money that Conway eventually would return to television.

"Trump was using her as an effective surrogate, then she started becoming ineffective," one source said. "So, they're letting the heat cool off."

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Kellyanne Conway has been sidelined from making television appearances after making statements that conflicted with the White House, particularly after the debacle surrounding the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to news reports.
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