Meadows on Conway's Departure: It Will Be 'a Big Blow to Us'


White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is weighing in on White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s decision to leave President Donald Trump’s administration at the end of the month.

During an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” co-host Tony Dokoupil asked Meadows how big of a blow Conway’s departure is to the campaign.

“Well, Kellyanne’s going to be missed. America loves her. We certainly will miss her here at the White House. But listen, this is all about making a priority for family. That’s what this president’s about, and that’s what Kellyanne Conway’s about,” Meadows said.

He added, “It’ll be a big hole, a big blow to us, but we certainly will be praying for her.”

Watch his comments below:

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Dokoupil suggested the “cynical reading” is she wanted to “jump ship now because she saw the ship sinking.”

Meadows agreed it is “cynical” and to suggest it is not something “based on the facts.”

Conway released a statement on Sunday explaining her reasoning behind her decision, as IJR previously reported.

She noted her husband, George Conway would also be “making changes.”

Conway indicated she and her husband would be focusing on their children’s education this fall. She said while her and her husband “disagree about plenty” they are “united” on turning their attention to their children while they attend school from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

George Conway confirmed he will be withdrawing from the Lincoln Project and taking a Twitter hiatus.

Conway’s departure comes just months before the November presidential election.

Trump secured the votes needed to be re-nominated at the Republican National Convention on Monday, as IJR previously reported.

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The Republican National Convention will kick off on Monday and run through Thursday from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m EDT every night.

Trump is expected to deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday night from the South Lawn of the White House.

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