A big announcement in Washington D.C. this week is generating major speculation about Kellyanne Conway’s future on President Donald Trump’s team.
Conway’s husband, George Conway, was previously under consideration for a top post in the Justice Department under Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. However, George Conway said this week he’s refusing to take the job.
George Conway reportedly released a statement saying, “I have reluctantly concluded, however, that, for me and my family, this is not the right time for me to leave the private sector and take on a new role in the federal government. Kellyanne and I continue to support the President and his Administration, and I look forward to doing so in whatever way I can from outside the government.”
The White House continues to face an uphill battle to fill some of the most important jobs in the federal government. And it seems even the husband of one of its most high-profile members doesn’t want to join the Trump administration.
On Friday, George T. Conway III, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband, withdrew his name from consideration to head the Justice Department’s Civil Division. Although Conway was never actually formally nominated for the post, he was Trump’s top choice to lead the office of around 1,000 lawyers.
This is not the first time that someone has refused to take a top job in the Trump administration. The White House has been struggling for months to fill several key positions.
Mr. Conway’s decision to step aside comes as the White House — hobbled from the start by a sluggish transition that failed to generate a list of fully vetted candidates — is still struggling to fill some of the most important positions in the federal government.
James Donovan, whom Mr. Trump nominated last month to be the deputy secretary of the Treasury, dropped out just three days later, citing family considerations. Also last month, Mark E. Green, a Tennessee state senator and Army flight surgeon, became the second person to withdraw as Mr. Trump’s prospective secretary of the Army.
The president has also yet to settle on a new F.B.I. director after his abrupt firing last month of James B. Comey. Former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut announced he did not want to be considered for that position, citing his law firm’s role in the legal team being assembled to represent Mr. Trump during investigations into whether his presidential campaign had ties to Russia.
And at the White House — troubled by questions about the Russia investigations — the search for a new communications director to replace Mike Dubke, who resigned last week, has so far come up empty as multiple candidates have declined to accept the post.
This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone – nobody wants to work with Trump!