Trump Has No Plans To Fire Kellyanne Conway: 'She's Been Loyal'

Kellyanne Conway is seen at the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC

On Fox, Trump said he had no intentions of firing Conway, and argued that the Hatch Act goes against the First Amendment.

A new report by a federal government watchdog issued Thursday determined that White House adviser Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act - which limits political activities of federal employees - on "numerous occasions" by repeatedly blasting Democratic presidential candidates.

"I'm not gonna fire her".

Conway was accused by the Office of the Special Counsel on Thursday of violating the Hatch Act by campaigning for and against candidates while in her capacity as a White House staffer.

Calling in to Fox & Friends to speak on a number of his favorite topics ("No one has accomplished more in two and a half years", Trump boasted of himself, with Doocey smiling and shaking his head in the affirmative), Trump dismissed Kilmeade's question about Conway.

"So you're not going to fire her?"


The OSC said Conway violated the act when she made disparaging remarks about the president's Democratic 2020 opponents during various media appearances.

The whole thing seems "very unfair", the president said, reported Mark Knoller of CBS. She's a tremendous spokesperson. "It's called freedom of speech".

"Well I got briefed on it yesterday, and it looks to me like they're trying to take away her right of free speech, and that's just not fair", Trump said during an interview on Fox News.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone issued a scathing letter in response to the alleged violation, writing that the "report is based on multiple fundamental legal and factual errors, makes unfair and unsupported claims against a close adviser to the president, is a product of a blatantly unfair process that ignored statutory notice requirements, and has been influenced by various inappropriate considerations".

"A person wouldn't be able to express themselves, and I just don't see it", he added.

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said his committee will hold a hearing with the Office of Special Counsel on June 26 and will invite Conway to testify.

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