"No, I'm not going to fire her. Based on what I saw yesterday, how could I do that?"
It came hours before White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she is leaving the Trump administration after a turbulent tenure marked by attacks on the media, dissemination of false information and the near-disappearance of the daily press briefing. Trump went on to criticize the Office of Special Counsel - an independent office tasked with government oversight (unrelated to the Robert Mueller investigation) - with "trying to take away her right of free speech" and suggesting that he wouldn't ask her to dial back her rhetoric, saying he believes government employees should be allowed "to express themselves".
The OSC designated Conway as a repeat offender on Thursday for "disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity", and they also determined that she "has shown disregard for the law" for shrugging off her violations.
Watch above, via Fox News. I think she's a terrific person. Still, he was deferential to Trump, making clear the decision on whether to remove Conway is his alone.
"It is up to the president's discretion and we respect that", he added.
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said his committee will hold a hearing with the Office of Special Counsel on June 26 and will invite Conway to testify. He said this was "not some sort of a drop-it-on-them situation". "My job is to make sure the federal workforce stay as depoliticized and as fair as possible".
He said the office should retract the report, demanded documents related to the document's preparation, and asked the watchdog to engage in dialogue with the White House.
Kerner, though, said not offering recommendations for disciplinary action was "a bad signal to federal workers".
The president spoke about Conway in a phone interview with Fox & Friends on Friday morning. "Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was "'lying" about her ethnicity.