Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said on Tuesday that she did not mean any disrespect after a photo of her on an Oval Office couch emerged which became cause for controversy.
“I was being asked to take a picture in a crowded room with the press behind us,” Conway said in an interview on Fox Business’ ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight.’ “I was asked to take a certain angle and was doing exactly that. I certainly meant no disrespect, I didn’t mean to have my feet on the couch,” she said.
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The photo of Conway sitting on her knees on the couch in the Oval Office while President Trump met with the leaders of historically black colleges and universities went viral. Many criticized Conway for putting her feet on a couch in the Oval Office.
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Regarding the backlash that she received online from the picture, Conway was initially dismissive, explaining that she had not been following things on the internet. “I was very busy today and didn’t follow a lot of it, but I know there are a couple of reports at least showing what happened,” she said to Lou Dobbs. “And what happened is we had the largest gathering of men and women to date in the Oval Office for a picture.”
Dobbs then threw her a softball by asking her about the “deplorable” hypocrisy and the “venom of the left” regarding the attacks on her, noting the numerous photos of President Obama with his feet on his desk.
“It is venomous; it is vicious; it bothers my children to be frank with you,” the presidential adviser said, again mentioning that she is under 24/7 protection, while at the same time saying that she is “not a victim.”
She then pinned blame on a journalist who is upset with Trump. “This came from a journalist who is not happy that Donald Trump is the President. But I just want people to focus on the great work of the HCBU presidents and how honored we were to have them here,” Conway said.