Conway's advice to White House staff: Don't treat Trump like a peer

White House senior aide Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayChristie says he was unable to reach Trump on Jan. 6 Watchdog cites 13 Trump officials who violated Hatch Act before 2020 election Ethics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act MORE offered advice to her colleagues on Friday following a major staff shakeup: Don't treat President Trump like a peer.

During an appearance on Fox News, Conway recalled a meeting with Trump in August when she was tapped as his campaign manager and told him she'd "never" address him by his first name and said "I don't consider myself your peer."

"The reason I said that is because I do think that it is important to set up that level of deference and humility when you’ve got someone who’s your boss, now the president of the United States, now the chief of staff, a general, a secretary, who is clearly your senior, your superior,” she said.


“I think it’s very important that people not treat elected officials like the president and the vice president as their peers,” she continued, adding that the comment was not about anyone in particular.

Conway made the comments after Trump announced Friday on Twitter that he had dismissed Reince Priebus as his chief of staff after just six months, and would replace him with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

The departure of Priebus, who said that he submitted his resignation on Thursday, was announced a day after newly named White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci unloaded on him while speaking to a New Yorker writer, calling Priebus "a f----- paranoid schizophrenic."

Priebus declined to respond to the attacks on Friday during an interview on CNN and Fox News, saying he would continue to support the president's agenda after leaving his White House post.