Kellyanne Conway Says She Turned Down Job as White House Press Secretary

Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of the Polling Company and the campaign manager of US President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, speaks during the 4th Annual Women Rule Summit in Washington, DC, December 7, 2016. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of the Polling Company and the campaign manager of US President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, speaks during the 4th Annual Women Rule Summit in Washington, DC, December 7, 2016. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s official: Kellyanne Conway says she will not be White House press secretary for Donald Trump.

Speaking to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Conway said she “politely declined” the post, according to Politico.

“As you imagine in President Trump’s administration, communications will be a very important aspect for it and there will be a number of people handling that,” she added.

Conway, who ran the Trump campaign in the final months leading up to the election, was a favorite for the job. She previously tweeted that she had been offered a role in the Trump White House, though she declined to provide specifics. In late November, the AP reported that the president-elect offered Conway her choice of press secretary or communications director, but that she preferred to remain in an outside adviser role.

Indeed, while this is the first time Conway has directly stated that she turned down the press secretary offer, she has been open about her reluctance to take a job inside the White House. Earlier this month she tweeted that Trump will need “a superstructure like the one Plouffe built”—a reference to David Plouffe, who served as an outside adviser to President Obama.

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SOURCE: Fortune, Kristen Bellstrom