Conway responded like a fourth grader delivering a book report on a book she did not read.
Jonathan Karl asked Kellyanne Conway who the most senior African-American aide to the president was now that Omarosa is gone. Conway, in other words, was not able to name a single black person who works in the West Wing.
It is unlikely that Smith has much interaction with the president or with people in the president’s inner circle. The highest rank is “Assistant to the president,” a level that includes the very most senior aides such as Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Conway herself.
Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who is black, held the rank of assistant to the president while she worked for President Trump, but it is unclear why. With rare exceptions, subordinate officials within White House offices are not typically classified as assistants to the president. Ja’Ron Smith is not one of these deputy assistants to the president. Gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-announces-appointments-executive-office-president/”>special assistant to the president,” a more junior rank held by officials who often have their own policy portfolios, but typically are well outside the president’s inner circle. About 80 people on the White House payroll hold the rank of special assistant to the president. Some examples of officials who hold this rank include the president’s social secretary, the associate director of the personnel office, and the executive assistant to the chief of staff.Join The Conversation