Trump names campaign manager Kellyanne Conway as counselor to the president

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Kellyanne Conway, who served as Donald Trump's campaign manager and as a senior adviser to the president-elect's transition team, will join the White House as counselor to the president, Trump announced Thursday.

Conway, who has publicly grappled with whether to join the administration or to lead an outside political group to help Trump, will be part of the senior leadership team in the West Wing with responsibility for messaging and other priorities.

He initially asked her to serve as White House press secretary - which is the most public-facing role in the administration - because of her skill at promoting and defending him, even when combating journalists.

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