Kellyanne Conway has announced that she is leaving senior advisor role at the White House, In a statement, Mrs Conway said she was quitting at the end of the month to focus on her children, giving them “less drama, more mama”.
Her husband George, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, will also be resigning from political activism.
She added that her decision was “completely my choice,” and that she would reveal future plans “in time”.
Conway is expected to speak at the Republican National Convention later this week, but it is uncertain if she will still do so after the bomb she dropped about resigning.
A Republican strategist and veteran pollster, she has worked for four years, making her the highest-ranking woman in the White House. She is also the first woman to lead a successful US presidential campaign, spearheading President Donald Trump’s successful effort in 2016.
As Senior Counsellor at the White House, Conway posed as political advisor to Trump and still kept a highly-influential position in the administration.
In contrast, her husband George is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project a Republican political action committee working to avoid the re-election of the president in 2020.
“The past four years have allowed me blessings beyond compare,” she said in a statement.
“[George and I] disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids,” she added.
“Our four children are teens and tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months,” continued Mrs Conway. “As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.”
Her decision comes hours after one of her daughters, Claudia, tweeted that her mother’s job had “ruined [her] life” – a message that later circulated.
Kellyanne Conway is one of President Trump’s most loyal supporters, but has long been a controversial figure.
In a 2017 interview, Mrs Conway stated a non-existent “massacre” to stand up against the administration’s immigration ban.
That same year, the US government’s morals advisory board said she should be scrutinized after she pleaded with people, during a live interview, to buy clothing developed by the president’s daughter Ivanka.
More recently, the government’s oversight agency advised last year that she should be fired for being involved in restricted political activities while in office.
In the past she has also discovered herself caught between her husband and President Donald Trump.
Mr George Conway has publicly belittled the president, describing him as “incompetent”. The president, in response, has called him a “stone cold LOSER” and said that he turned down Mr Conway for a job in the US justice department.