Trump aide: Dems are trying to humiliate Cabinet nominees

President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCivilian deaths a 'fact of life' in 'accelerating' war on Islamic State, Pentagon head says The Paris climate agreement: Stay in, renegotiate Gingrich: The poor ‘get crushed’ by deals like Paris climate accord MORE's close aide Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday blasted Democrats for "trying to embarrass" the incoming administration's Cabinet nominees.

"This idea of humiliating and trying to embarrass qualified men and women who just wish to serve this nation is reprehensible," Conway said in an interview with Fox News, following Tuesday's tense Senate confirmation hearing of Trump's pick for Education secretary, Betsy DeVos.

"Not one child who needs a better education benefited from any of those incendiary questions yesterday. But, of course, Mrs. DeVos held herself with the grace and elegance that we know her to have," Conway added.

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DeVos on Tuesday defended her record and career, after some Democratic lawmakers questioned her qualifications for the position.

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“I do think there would be that possibility,” DeVos replied. “I’ve worked very hard on behalf of parents and children.”

Conway also defended Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump's pick to lead the department of Health and Human Services, from accusations that the lawmaker took advantage of his position in Congress by introducing legislation that would benefit a company in which he invested.

"He has these investments, apparently, are just a fraction of his overall portfolio and they were done by a broker," Conway said.

“And by the way, this is another example of just trying to embarrass and humiliate an otherwise eminently qualified nominee," she added.