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Does it seem like we’ve been seeing less of Kellyanne Conway lately?
Once the most recognizable mouthpiece of President Trump, she hasn’t been on TV since last week, when she said on MSNBC that Trump still had "full confidence" in Gen. Michael Flynn…a few hours before Flynn resigned.
If absence makes the heart grow fonder, Kellyanne’s fans can prepare for the worst— Conway has reportedly fallen out of favor with Trump. On Wednesday, CNN reported that Conway’s been "sidelined," taking her out of the mix as one of Trump’s media surrogates.
Even before that interview, Conway’s presence seemed to have peaked. After a series of particularly contentious interviews, CNN reportedly began passing on interviews with Conway. Morning Joe, the MSNBC show that is known to count Trump as a fan, also reportedly refused to have her on.
She had also recently committed a rather big, unforced error—schilling for Ivanka Trump’s business interests during a Fox News interview.
It’s a serious fall from grace for Conway, who emerged as one of the most aggressive and talented talking heads on cable news during Trump’s presidential campaign. By the time Trump took his surprise win over Hillary Clinton, Conway had earned herself a national profile, even garnering her own Saturday Night Live digital short.
But defending Trump the president proved a lot harder than Trump the candidate, even before the inauguration. Conway routinely encountered strong pushback from journalists during interviews, particularly from Anderson Cooper at CNN.
Conway denied to CNN that she’d been blacklisted by the administration, and added that she’s still in high demand from various TV shows. She also noted that she would be on Fox News on Wednesday.
A request for comment sent to the White House was not immediately returned.
In lieu of Conway, Stephen Miller, a formerly little-known adviser to Trump, has stepped up as the new Trump surrogate most willing to mix it up during TV interviews.
Can he fill the role? Well, he’s already been willing to claim that the president’s powers are "beyond question" in relation to the travel ban that targeted primarily Muslim countries.
So while he might be willing to trot out the White House press lines, whether or not they hold—and thus, Miller’s word, and credibility as a public face for Trump—remains to be seen.