As Omarosa Manigault Newman’s new book, Unhinged, continues to make waves — Trump’s mouthpieces find themselves playing defense.
When Kellyanne Conway was asked ABC’s This Week to name a single prominent high-level adviser to Trump, she faltered. Conway then tried to pivot in the direction of Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That is troubling for a couple of reasons. First: that Kellyanne was only able to think of a single Black member of Trump’s team… and second — that she is apparently unaware that the Secretary of the Department of Urban Development is not actually a member of the White House staff.
Conway also offered up “Ja’Ron.” Kellyanne did not offer a last name. We can’t know whether that’s because she believes he is so prominent that a last name was unnecessary, however, many pundits speculate that she simply forgot his last name: Smith. Jar’Ron Smith is the Director of Urban Affairs and Revitalization.
The fact is that the question posed to Conway was very specific. ABC This Week’s Jonathan Karl asked, “Who is the most prominent [African American] high-level adviser to the president on the West Wing staff right now?”
Ja’Ron Smith is not a West Wing staffer, but rather works in the EEOB or Eisenhower Executive Office Building, a building which is adjacent to the White House. Smith’s position is considered mid-level within the EEOB.
Kellyanne Conway was officially zero for two on attempts to name a high-level African American adviser to Donald Trump, after the departure of Omarosa Manigault Newman.
NEW: Kellyanne Conway can’t name a single high-ranking black White House official https://t.co/8DrtPCMSFc
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 12, 2018