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Kellyanne Conway: Women are 'listened to’ in White House

Kellyanne Conway: Women are 'listened to’ in White House
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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is speaking out about the role women play in President Trump’s White House, saying their input and ideas do not go unnoticed.

“We're heard and we're seen and we're listened to and we are sought out and sought after for our opinions and our judgment and our ideas and our insight,” Conway told Business Insider on Sunday.

Conway’s comments come as the White House faces criticism over gender inequality issues.

The administration came under fire in May, for a photo taken after the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) showing Trump and the white male members of the House Republican caucus.

 

  

 

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Conway said such criticism is just a reflection of an obsession with optics, and noted she and other women were present when those photos were taken.

"It's like, well, I was sitting next to the cameraman, so I was right there, but I'm not in the shot," Trump’s former campaign manager said.

“But that doesn't mean that those men haven't heard from the females.”

Other women working in the Trump White House told Business Insider that gender does not matter in the Trump administration as much as qualifications do.

"When you look at this White House, it's not about male versus female, it's about who is best-suited and most qualified to hold that position," White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said.

"I don't think he cares two hoots whether I was male or female," White House deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland said about the president.

"He just thought I could get the job done."