Kellyanne Conway, the political pollster who became the first Republican woman to run a presidential campaign, said Wednesday she might not continue to advise President-elect Donald Trump from inside the White House because of her four young children.
“My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, bad idea for mom going inside [the White House],” Conway told the audience at Politico’s “Women Rule” event at the Park Hyatt Washington. “They have to come first and those are very fraught ages.”
Conway said while there are opportunities for working mothers in the nation’s capital, “we still have to make choice and there are limits.”
President Barack Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, the event’s keynote speaker, said she imparted some advice to Conway about being a working mom in the White House.
“I encouraged her to give it a try,” Jarrett said. “First of all, because the experience inside the White House, working with somebody who you respect and know as well as she does, the president-elect is unique, and I’ve had the benefit of that and I wouldn’t have traded the last years for anything.”
President Obama made helping working families a priority during his administration and during the 2016 presidential election, Trump’s daughter Ivanka spearheaded efforts to make childcare support for parents an important part of the Trump agenda.
But despite her personal concerns about juggling motherhood and a formal White House…