Somebody was put in timeout.
After a series of public statements that turned out to be the opposite of true, and an assortment of other troublesome appearances, Kellyanne Conway has been tucked out of sight by the White House, CNN is reporting.
Conway, who was recently a regular fixture on TV news, hasn’t appeared for an on-air interview since early last week. That Monday, she argued that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had the “full confidence” of President Trump.
Flynn resigned from his post later that day amid revelations that he misled Vice President Pence about the nature of his conversations with the Russian ambassador.
And on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation. That directly contradicted Conway’s claim on NBC’s “Today” earlier that morning that Flynn had offered to step down.
Conway was “off message,” a White House source told CNN.
Off message, you say?
That’s one way of putting it.
Other Conway-created embarrassing situations include the “Bowling Green massacre” comment, as well as the ethical blunder of pimping Ivanka Trump’s fashion line on “Fox and Friends.”
One source close to the White House told CNN that the Trump administration has seen fewer controversies in Conway’s absence.
“Clearly they’re having much more of a drama-free week,” CNN quoted the source as saying. “Having Kellyanne off television is helping them.”
Has somebody started a pool as to who would be the next in Trump’s circle to feel the axe?
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Deputy White House press secretary, insists that Conway’s absence from television shouldn’t be seen as a punishment.
“Kellyanne has a number of media appearances this week and also has a large portfolio at the WH and is spending significant time focusing on it,” she told CNN.
Nevertheless, Conway’s television absence is likely temporary.
“They’re letting the heat cool off,” one source was quoted as saying.
And that could be true, as well, but if we hear that Conway will be “pursuing other avenues” anytime in the next week or two, don’t be surprised.