A debate around decorum in the executive mansion exploded in the Twitterverse Monday night when photos surfaced of White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway casually sitting on an Oval Office couch with her legs tucked under her.
President Trump met with leaders of historically black colleges and universities Monday, and took a photo with the group at the Oval Office. But counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway was sitting right next to all of them—well, kneeling, actually—and the photos quickly went viral.
What was designed as a good public-relations moment became a distraction, as Conway was shown kneeling on a couch at the Oval Office, checking her phone rather than paying attention to the moment. She was also photographed taking a photo with her phone from the spot, which may explain the weird kneeling position.
Oh my. pic.twitter.com/25NOvORSXt
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 28, 2017
People on both sides of the aisle called out Conway on Twitter, calling her behavior “trashy” and “disrespectful.”
Conway hasn’t responded to the criticism, but some Twitter users pointed out that presidents get casual in the Oval Office all the time, so maybe let’s chill and focus on important issues here.
— Tracy (@GigiTracyXO) February 28, 2017