The Hatch Act prevents, “federal employees from engaging in political activities while they are on the job.” As Donald Trump’s Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway is beholden to the regulations noted within the Hatch Act.
On Thursday afternoon, an independent agency, Office of Special Counsel, recommended that Conway be fired for multiple violations of the Act. Appearing on Fox & Friends Friday morning, the President said that he has no plans of firing his special adviser.
Trump believes that Conway is entitled to “free speech.” He told the hosts, “It’s just not fair. They asked a question – I think one of them was involved with your show – You ask a person a question and every time you are supposed to say ‘I can’t answer, I can’t answer?’ She has to have the right of responding to questions. It really sounds to me like a free-speech thing.”
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— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) June 14, 2019
Host Steve Doocy asked, ““So you’re not going to fire her?” The President responded, “No, I’m not going to fire her. I think she’s a tremendous person, she’s loyal, she’s a great person. Based on what I saw yesterday, how could you do that? They have tried to take away her speech and I think you’re entitled to free speech in this country.”
Conway is now one of Trump’s longest serving advisers. She has, at times, been a lightening rod for controversy, largely due to her husband, George’s frequent criticism of the President. Trump and Conway, however, seem to have a strong working relationship.