Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway left open the possibility on Friday that she could become the next White House communications director, telling Fox News that she will fulfill “whatever my best and highest use is here.”
“I'm here to support the president however he sees is most important. I don't have any personnel announcements at this time,” she told “Fox & Friends” in response to a question about talk that she might fill the soon-to-be-vacant communications director post. “I will do whatever is best, whatever my best and highest use is here.”
Citing anonymous sources, The Atlantic reported earlier this week that Conway was considering the job.
The position of White House communications director has been a particularly quickly revolving door since President Donald Trump took office last year. Trump has had four communications directors through his first 14 months in office, including former press secretary Sean Spicer, who held the job twice in his six months in the West Wing, and Anthony Scaramucci, who famously held the job for 11 days before resigning after an expletive-filled interview with The New Yorker.
The job of communications director was most recently filled by Hope Hicks, who held the position longer than any of her Trump administration predecessors. Hicks announced her resignation late last month, although the White House said at the time that her official departure date was yet to be determined but would be in the upcoming weeks.
While Conway has officially served in a policy-facing role as counselor to the president, she has remained one of the most public-facing members of the Trump administration, doing regular interviews on “Fox & Friends,” where the president receives almost unflinchingly positive coverage, while also appearing on other TV networks, albeit less frequently.
She heaped praised Friday morning on the White House communications staff for its work and said that work on that team also requires the type of policy knowledge required by her current position.
“As counselor to the president, that takes on any number of different tasks and one has been in terms of policy. That's been my major portfolio here,” she said. “But I think to be effective communication directors, as we’ve seen, you also have to know policy, you have to be read-in. But we have very talented people here.”