’Alternative etiquette’: Trump’s aide kneels with shoes on WH couch, sparks debate
Photos of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch with her shoes on have sparked an online debate about decorum in the executive mansion..world Updated: Feb 28, 2017 21:35 IST
Photos of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch with her shoes on have sparked an online debate about decorum in the executive mansion.
In the image, Conway appears on the couch with her shoes on as Trump poses for a photo with leaders of historically black colleges and universities.
Other photos show Conway leaning over to take a smartphone picture of the event.
Some Twitter users were quick to highlight the photos as evidence of a lack of respect for the office from Conway and the Trump administration. Other users have countered with numerous photos of former President Barack Obama resting his feet on the office’s desk during his time in office.
Conway hasn’t weighed in on the criticism.
Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens was among those taking aim at Conway, suggesting that aides under previous administrations would have elicited even greater outcry.
“If Rice or Jarrett had sat like this in Oval Office, conservatives would have screamed themselves hoarse for weeks. Now we own trashy,” he wrote, referring to previous presidential aides.
Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama repeatedly took flak for photos in which he appeared to be relaxing.
Critics also chastised Obama for unbuttoning the previous Oval Office dress code that called for a suit jacket and a tie.
Kellyanne Conway on the couch pic.twitter.com/Wl33PwhuAP— S A N D Y™ (@Sandy_Dover) February 28, 2017
This is not the first time Conway has found herself at the centre of a storm.
Why is Kellyanne Conway sitting on this couch in the White House like she at her man's house texting her girlfriends? https://t.co/hafHAGuhLM— Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford) February 28, 2017
She recently came under fire for plugging the fashion brand of the president’s daughter. The head of the US Office of Government Ethics urged the White House to investigate Conway after the incident, saying she should face disciplinary action.
She also famously coined the term “alternative facts” and referred to a “Bowling Green massacre” -- which never happened -- during an interview.
Breaking news: Kellyanne Conway uses "alternative etiquette" by putting her feet on the couch of the Oval Office. pic.twitter.com/erb0KwyoBr— Chris Arthur (@arthurct20) February 28, 2017
I will only be able to get mad at the way Kellyanne Conway sits on a couch if it turns out she's hiding of Trump's tax returns under her.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) February 28, 2017
Conway later tweeted that she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists” -- referring to two Iraqi men who were indicted in 2011 for trying to send money and weapons to Al-Qaeda, and using improvised explosive devices against US soldiers in Iraq.