Donald TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE announced early Thursday morning that Kellyanne Conway, his former campaign manager, will serve as counselor to the president when he takes office.
According to a statement released by his transition team, Conway will continue her role as a close adviser to Trump, the president-elect, working with senior leadership to further his administration's goals.
"Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted advisor and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory. She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message. I am pleased that she will be part of my senior team in the West Wing," Trump said.
"A Trump presidency will bring real change to Washington and to Americans across this great nation. I am humbled and honored to play a role in helping transform the movement he has led into a real agenda of action and results," Conway added.
Conway previously turned down a position as the president-elect's press secretary and was rumored to be taking an external position for the Trump administration.
"My family is going to move to Washington, D.C., and I will either stay outside and run the political super structure or I will go into the West Wing and take a position right next to the president where I feel like I can serve him in the way I advise him off-camera, which is most of the advice and counsel I give," she said on Tuesday, hinting at a her new role as a counselor.
Conway was the first female campaign manager of either major party to win a presidential general election.
— This report was updated at 7:21 a.m.