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Trump says he won’t fire Kellyanne Conway for improperly slamming his rivals

2019-06-17

Kellyanne Conway will remain in the White House, according to President Trump, despite the Office of Special Counsel's demand she be fired for violations of the Hatch Act. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

President Trump said Friday “it’s just not fair” to muzzle Kellyanne Conway — and insisted he wouldn’t fire his combative spokeswoman despite a recommendation by a federal watchdog agency.

“No, I’m not going to fire her. I think she’s a terrific person,” Trump told Fox News.

Trump noted that Conway was just answering questions when she repeatedly trashed his Democratic rivals while speaking in her official capacity.

“She’s got to have a right of responding to questions,” he said. “It looks to me like they’re trying to take away her right of free speech.”

The Hatch Act actually prohibits government workers from political activity like the remarks by Conway that Trump defended.

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