President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNew White House site touts successes of Trump’s first 100 days Colbert jokingly thanks Trump for his first 100 days Trump warns Canada over dairy tax: ‘We will not stand for this’ 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.
“If you were not a multibillionaire … do you think that you would be sitting here today?” Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGeorgia campaigns keep up pressure ahead of runoff vote Press: Hillary's doomed bid Pelosi: 'Of course' Dems can be against abortion MORE (I-Vt.) asked DeVos during one exchange.
“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.