Kellyanne Conway speaks out about Oval Office couch photo controversy

Jaime Mckinney
March 5, 2017

Conway was lampooned for perching on her knees on the Oval Office couch while wearing heels last week to take a photograph of the president as he gathered around the Truman desk with the leaders of historically black universities and colleges.

Richmond was speaking at the Washington Press Club Foundation's congressional dinner, a normally lighthearted affair, when he chose to try his hand at ribald comedy. And I really want to know, you know, what was going on there because I won't tell anybody.

The Louisiana congressman commented on the photo at the Washington Press Club Foundation congressional dinner, saying "she really looked kind of familiar there in that [kneeling] position there".

'And I don't want you to refer back to the 90s, ' he said cryptically.

He was speaking to Sen. Scott, however, was far more parsing in his language.

Conway drew some flack of her own for her perceived casual pose on a couch while President Donald Trump was conducting a meeting with presidents of dozens of HBCUs.

Federal rules say that public employees may not use their positions "for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity".

"But hey, Lou, if we started the trend here, where people are outwardly talking about greater respect for the Office of the President and its current occupant, then perhaps that's something positive that came out".

And because the Trump administration has declared a full on war against the media, who do you think Conway blames for the whole couch-gate scandal? Tim Scott, R-S.C., joked that the couch had seen more sordid action during the 1990s, alluding to President Bill Clinton's sexual impropriety in the Oval Office. The Senate would later acquit him of perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

Richmond tried to clarify the meaning of his remarks.

Johnson later tweeted that Richmond might have said "comfortable" instead of "familiar".

"Richmond's office released a statement after some sharp reaction to his comments, saying that the joke was not about fellatio, but that "'familiar' simply means they are behaving too comfortably".

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