President-elect Donald Trump has named his former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to a top job inside the White House. Conway will serve as a “counselor to the president,” the Trump transition team announced on Thursday.
Conway will work within the administration on messaging, and will also help with the administration’s legislative priorities. “In her position, Conway will continue her role as a close adviser to the President and will work with senior leadership to effectively message and execute the Administration’s legislative priorities and actions,” the Trump transition team said in a statement.
Trump praised Conway during the announcement, saying that she was “a trusted adviser and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory.” Conway responded to her appointment by saying that she was “humbled and honored to play a role in helping transform the movement he has led into a real agenda of actions and results.”
Conway’s role was compared to that of Karen Hughes, an adviser to George W. Bush. This role would place her close to the president, and put her in charge of the big-picture communication messages that come out of the White House, per CNN.
Conway was Trump’s top surrogate during the campaign, and was often charged with defending the controversial statements of her candidate. Now, it sounds like she’ll have the same task inside the West Wing.