Monday 25 September 2017

'Show some class' - Kellyanne Conway accused of lacking respect after casual Oval Office pose sparks outrage

President Donald Trump, right, meets with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Also at the meeting are White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, on the couch. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump, right, meets with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Also at the meeting are White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, on the couch. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway takes a photo as US President Donald Trump and leaders of historically black universities and colleges talk before a group photo in the Oval Office of the White House before a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway (L) sits on a couch as U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes the leaders of dozens of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway (L) attends as U.S. President Donald Trump (behind desk) welcomes the leaders of dozens of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Kellyanne Conway has been accused of lacking respect after a photograph of her kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office went viral.

Donald Trump's senior advisor is no stranger to controversy.

Last month she faced widespread criticism when she described a fake "massacre" in Bowling Green to justify Donald Trump's immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

She also courted controversy for using her position to endorse Ivanka Trump's brand during an interview with Fox News, something that the White House later "counselled" her for.

On Monday, Conway was criticised again. This time, for the way she was sitting during a photo op with the US president and leaders of America's historically black colleges and universities.

Moments after taking the photo herself, Conway was pictured checking her phone with her legs tucked underneath her on the sofa. The pose sparked an online debate about decorum in the executive mansion.

"What are you doing on that couch Kellyanne Conway? Does not look respectful in the Oval Office," one Twitter user said.

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