President Trump said in an exclusive interview with "Fox & Friends" on Friday morning that he would not release counselor Kellyanne Conway after a watchdog advised the government to remove her for violating the Hatch Act.
I will not fire her. I think she is a great person. She is an excellent spokesperson, "said Trump.
SPECIAL COUNSEL RECOMMENDS FIRING CONWAY
The Hatch Act restricts certain political activities of federal employees to an explosive report published the day before, citing the Office of Special Counsel ( which is separate from the office of the similar name formerly run by Robert Mueller) Conway for having repeatedly violated the law in media interviews with political statements about Democratic presidential candidates and so on Twitter.
Trump, however, said "It looks to me like they're trying to deny their right to free speech."
He even suggested that Conway should not be advised to tone it down.
"It does not work that way," said Trump argued that Conway responded only to political attacks against him. "A person would not be able to express himself, and I see just not. "
Trump noted that he would receive a briefing on the results.
Meanwhile, Special Adviser Henry Kerner defended his office work in an interview with Fox News on Thursday. Nevertheless, he was respectful to Trump and made it clear that the decision to remove Conway was his sole decision.
"We respect his decision and of course the President has every opportunity he wants ̵
In the interview, Kerner said his office had "several conversations" with the White House lawyer and the OSC reported "for weeks" not "some sort of drop-on-the-topic situation."
"I am a Trump agent – I have no prejudice against Kellyanne," he added. "My job is to ensure that the federal workforce remains as depoliticized and fair as possible."
The White House described the report on Thursday as "unprecedented" and pointed out that it was politically influenced.
The rejection of recommendations for disciplinary action was "a bad signal for federal employees".
The OSC report itself stated that Conway, in an interview on "Fox & Friends" on February 19, alleged that Senator Booker was "sexist" and "sexist" a & # 39; & # 39; # 39 & motivation speaker; & # 39; claiming that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., "Lied" about their ethnicity. Conway also "attacked" former MEP Beto O'Rourke because he did not think that "the women who are running are good enough to be president" stated that they are behaving similarly Have violated the law. "