President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday named Kellyanne Conway to the post of counselor to the president. The move makes her the highest-ranking woman in Trump's White House.
Conway had been serving as a senior transition adviser after successfully navigating Trump's presidential run as campaign manager.
"Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted adviser 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. I am pleased that she will be part of my senior team in the West Wing," Trump said in a statement.
She will advise Trump and "work with senior leadership to eftectively message and execute the administration's legislative priorities and actions," the statement said.
Conway's name had been bandied about as Trump's possible press secretary, a post she more than once said was offered, but that she turned down.
"I want to thank the president-elect for this amazing opportunity. A Trump presidency will bring real change to Washington and to Americans across this great nation. I am humbled and honored to play a role in helping transform the movement he has led into a real agenda of action and results," said Conway.
Trump has long been fond of Conway, according to The New York Times, which describes her as a "Trump whisperer."
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