Kellyanne Conway has announced that she is to leave the White House at the end of this month, the day after her 15-year-old daughter Claudia said she was ‘officially pushing for emancipation’ from her parents in a series of tweets.
The 53-year-old counselor to the president said she was leaving for the sake of her family, to be ‘less drama, more mama’.
Her husband George, an attorney, is one of President Donald Trump‘s most vocal and pointed critics.
He is also stepping back from his role on the Lincoln Project, an outside group of Republicans devoted to defeating Trump in November. He will also take a hiatus from Twitter, the venue he has often used to attack the president.
In a statement, she called her time in the Trump administration ‘heady’ and ‘humbling,’ and said she and George were making the decision based on what they think is best for their four children.
Kellyanne Conway on Sunday night told President Donald Trump she was resigning
Conway, 53, has for the past four years been one of Donald Trump’s most dogged defenders
Conway confirmed the news of her departure from the White House on Twitter
Her husband George also confirmed news of his stepping back from his high-profile role
‘We disagree about plenty,’ she wrote of her and her husband, ‘but we are united on what matters most: the kids.
‘Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year in the middle school and high school that will be conducted remotely from home for a least a few months. As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.’
Conway continued: ‘This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.’
Conway is among Trump’s longest-serving advisers.
She was Trump’s third campaign manager in 2016 and the first woman to successfully manage a presidential campaign to victory.
She joined the White House at the start of Trump’s term and has been one of his most visible and vocal defenders.
Conway informed Trump of her decision Sunday night in the Oval Office.
She is due to speak at the Republican National Convention this week.
Claudia Conway, 15, tweeted the day before to say her mother’s job has ‘ruined her life’, writing: ‘I’m devasted [sic] that my mother is actually speaking at the RNC. like DEVASTATED beyond compare.’
Claudia, who has previously called Trump ‘a f**king idiot’ and asked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ‘adopt her’, has become an outspoken critic of the president and her mother’s role in the administration on social media.
On Saturday night she wrote: ‘I’m officially pushing for emancipation. Buckle up because this is probably going to be public one way or another, unfortunately. Welcome to my life.’
Claudia Conway said she is ‘officially pushing for emancipation’ from her parents
Claudia, who has previously called Trump ‘a f**king idiot’ and asked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ‘adopt her’, has become an outspoken critic of the president and her mother’s role in the administration on social media
Claudia’s parents, Kellyanne and George, have previously tried to prevent the media from contacting her as she became more and more of a viral star
‘My mother’s job ruined my life to begin with. Heartbreaking that she continues to go down that path after years of watching her children suffer. selfish. it’s all about money and fame, ladies and gentlemen.
‘As for my dad, politically, we agree on absolutely nothing. We just both happen to have common sense when it comes to our current president. Stop ‘stanning’ him.’
The teen added: ‘I have been using social media as an outlet to express my passions, individuality, and to shed light on some hardships. I have been vulnerable for a reason. thank you for supporting me.’
Kellyanne and George have previously tried to prevent the media from contacting her as she became more and more of a viral star.
TikTok quickly deleted a video it posted Thursday evening featuring Claudia criticizing the Trump adviser amid the social media app’s battle with the president.
Trump has threatened to ban TikTok, claiming the app is a security threat that will pass information to the Chinese government, an allegation the company has denied.
The video was posted to the app’s official Instagram page at around 6pm Thursday but was taken down less than an hour later. It featured the teenage TikTok star at the start of a montage of users taking part in the app’s #HurtMyFeelings challenge.
The teenager criticized her Mom, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, pictured together above
A teary Conway makes a peace sign to the camera as she lies on her bed with mascara rolling down her face from crying.
‘You think you can hurt my feelings? lol my mom is kellyanne conway,’ she wrote.
The video then moves on to other users who answer ‘you think you can hurt my feelings?’ with the likes of ‘I’ve been 6’2 since I was twelve’ and ‘I was 4’10 in my freshman year’.
Conway’s Instagram handle was tagged in the caption of the video posted to TikTok’s official account, but she has not commented on it and the reason why it was taken down is not yet clear.
DailyMail.com sent a request for comment to TikTok but it has not yet been returned.
On Thursday, Conway posted on her Instagram stories that she was organizing a protest in Washington D.C. And on Twitter she responded to a Trump tweet asking, ‘when was american great lol’.
The original video was posted to Claudia’s own TikTok account
Claudia has become a viral star on TikTok for her outspoken views on Trump despite her Mom working for the White House
Claudia made headlines after she started going viral with anti-Trump TikToks and using her accounts to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
While Kellyanne previously said she supports her daughter making her own mind up about her political views, Claudia recently claimed that her parents were attempting to shut off her phone to stop her causing more controversy for the family.
George Conway, one of the founders of the anti-Trump political action group The Lincoln Project, also told journalists in July that they did not have permission to contact his daughter.
‘To journalists: @kellyannepolls and I do *not* consent to any communications between you and any of our minor children, including our daughter Claudia. So desist. Thank you,’ he wrote.
Her parents’ attempts have not shut down her social media antics, however, and just this week she called on Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to pick her as an intern and claimed she plans to go into her mother’s phone and set controversial song WAP as her ringtone.
She also took aim at her mother for speaking alongside Trump.
‘You know life isn’t fair when you wake up to your own mother speaking aside a homophobe and a rapist,’ Claudia wrote as she retweeted a video sitting next to Vice President Pence and Trump while discussing the reopening of schools in the US.
Earlier this month, Claudia claimed that her mother recently had her ‘arrested for fake assault charges’ during a live video on her TikTok page, before insisting that she now needs a lawyer.
‘Claudia Conway just went live on tiktok and talked about how her mother has physically and emotionally abused her for years and had her arrested for fake assault charges a few weeks ago…….someone get this girl emancipated STAT,’ a post shared by Claudia read.
Claudia uploaded several other videos to her TikTok page on August 6, alluding to her apparent arrest.
Claudia uploaded several other videos to her TikTok page, alluding to her apparent arrest
Claudia had said that her parents were forcing her to delete social media after a series of outspoken posts in which she criticized Donald Trump. On July 3, George Conway, who is one of the founders of the anti-Trump political action group The Lincoln Project, attempted to intervene, telling journalists that neither he nor Kellyanne gave permission for them to speak to Claudia or any of their other children
In the first post, titled ‘Story Time’, Claudia acts out her apparent arrest in a musical parody, with one caption in the clip reading ‘sing the lyrics or we arrest your daughter for something she didn’t do.’
Claudia, impersonating her mother, refuses to sing the lyrics and her daughter is taken away.
The second video shows the teen smiling in bed with subtitles displayed about her head reading: ‘Kellyanne just called me and said I’m putting her life in danger by speaking out and how I’m gonna get arrested again for making ‘false allegations’.’
A third video appears to show Claudia lying in bed crying. While the song ‘Bulletproof’ plays in the background, text appears on the video that reads, ‘You think you can hurt my feelings? lol my mom is Kellyanne Conway.’
The series of short clips were followed by a post uploaded to Twitter later Thursday, in which Claudia asked her 175,000 followers, ‘How do I get in touch with pro bono lawyers.’
When quizzed by one respondent about what type of lawyer she needed, Claudia responded, ‘Family [lawyer]’.
In July, Claudia deleted her TikTok account after uploading a series of criticizing the president, in addition to other posts voicing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 15-year-old told her followers she ‘got her phone back’ two weeks after her parents ‘banned’ her from social media. She added: ‘probably wont have it for long though considering i’m about to revolutionize twitter brb’
She then posted and retweeted a flurry of anti Trump messages
On July 18, five days after she posted her ‘last video cuz my parents are making me delete all social media,’ Claudia had returned to the platform, telling her 270,000 followers that she had ‘got her phone back’.
She added: ‘Probably wont have it for long though considering i’m about to revolutionize twitter brb.’
She then posted and retweeted a flurry of anti Trump messages, replying to one of his tweets calling him ‘racist, homophobic and tyrannical’, and labeling him a ‘golfing idiot of a president’.
After Trump announced that he would ban TikTok, Claudia posted a long run of content, including sharing the theory that Claudia’s videos pose such a threat to Trump’s regime that she’s the reason why they’re banning it.