Newly appointed counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Thursday morning that the incoming White House will have a more or less traditional relationship with the media.
“This will be a traditional White House in the sense that you will have a great deal of press availability on a daily basis and you’ll have a president who continues to be engaged with the press,” Conway said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” hosted on Thursday by David Muir.
The assurance from one of President-elect Donald Trump’s most senior advisers comes as other members of Trump’s senior staff have said that there might be changes coming to how the White House interacts with the media, from doing away with the daily briefing to rearranging the seating in the briefing room.
Conway also said that they will soon announce who will fill the positions of press secretary, communications director and other senior members of the communications team. Republican National Committee chief strategist Sean Spicer is the heavy favorite for the press secretary post, though Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle is also likely to be offered a position on the team in an ancillary role, transition sources told POLITICO.
In her appearance on “Good Morning America,” Conway also took a shot at Hillary Clinton for not being more available to the media during the campaign. Trump has come under criticism for going longer than nearly any other modern presidential candidate between being elected and holding a formal news conference.
“I was always surprised when Hillary Clinton was running for president, David, that she didn’t make herself more available to the press but also to the public,” Conway said. “She took five days off before the last debate. She was often at fundraisers and not out at rallies like Donald Trump always was with tens of thousands of people, so it was a very different strategy.”