DeVos accuses media of using her name as 'clickbait'
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosHouse committee subpoenas Education Department staff over for-profit colleges DeVos says it isn't Department of Education's job to track schools' coronavirus reopening plans Judge calls Devos student loan forgiveness process 'disturbingly Kafkaesque' MORE on Monday said that she thinks the media uses her name for “clickbait.”

"As much as many in the media use my name as clickbait or try to make it all about me, it’s not,” she said while speaking to journalists at a conference in Baltimore, according to Politico.

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DeVos, one of the longest-serving members of President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE’s Cabinet added that she doesn’t like the attention and increased spotlight that comes with her position atop the Education Department.

“I don’t love being up on stage or on any kind of platform. I’m an introvert,” she said.

Some of DeVos’s past comments have created media firestorms, such as when she defended her department’s rollback of guidance meant to protect transgender students or proposed cuts to the Special Olympics's budget.

DeVos blasted reporters after the Special Olympics comments, calling the coverage "shameful."

Politico notes DeVos has been less accessible to the media than previous heads of the Education Department.

Some of DeVos's controversial comments have led Democratic lawmakers to question her fitness for the role, with Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharStart focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-Minn.) last month saying DeVos “shouldn't be in her job.”

DeVos's confirmation in the Senate was among the most contentious of all of Trump’s nominees.

She was confirmed by the Senate 51-50 after Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.