President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway has announced that she is resigning from her post at the end of August.
In a statement, Kellyanne Conway, 53, said she was stepping down to focus on her children, giving them “less drama, more mama”.
Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George, an outspoken critic of the president, will also be stepping back from political activism.
She added that her decision was “completely my choice”, and that she would announce future plans “in time”.
The announcement came hours after one of Kellyanne Conway’s daughters, Claudia, 15, tweeted that her mother’s job had “ruined [her] life”.
Kellyanne Conway, who is still scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention on August 26, informed President Trump on August 23.
A Republican strategist and veteran pollster, Kellyanne Conway was the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign, spearheading President Trump’s effort in 2016.
As senior counselor at the White House, Kellyanne Conway acted as political adviser to President Trump and maintained a highly influential position in the administration.
In contrast, George Conway is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project – a Republican political action committee working to prevent the re-election of President Trump in 2020.
“The past four years have allowed me blessings beyond compare,” Kellyanne Conway said in a statement.
“[George and I] disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids,” she added.
“Our four children are teens and tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months,” she continued.
“As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.”
Claudia Conway’s tweet about her mother went viral over the weekend.
She tweeted: “my mother’s job ruined my life to begin with. heartbreaking that she continues to go down that path after years of watching her children suffer. selfish. it’s all about money and fame, ladies and gentlemen.”
Claudia Conway later tweeted that she was taking a “mental health break” from social media, saying “this is becoming way too much”.
Kellyanne Conway is one of President Trump’s most ardent supporters, but has long been a controversial figure. She has become well known for sparring with journalists in defense of the president.
George Conway has publicly disparaged the president, describing him as “incompetent”. President Trump, in response, has called him a “stone cold LOSER” and said that he had turned down George Conway for a job in the justice department.