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April 08, 2017

Conway on reports of White House staff shakeup: Trump doesn't surround himself with 'yes men'

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, dismissed reports that the White House will soon undergo a major staff shakeup involving Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Conway, who grew up in Atco, Camden County, told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum on Friday that's she's heard "nothing but rumors and innuendos" and that the president prefers a diversity of opinion on his staff.

"Donald Trump as a businessman and certainly as the president of the United States surrounds himself with a diverse group of people who are brilliant, who have different expertise, who have very strong opinions," she said. "And this is a man who is very comfortable receiving different insights and different inputs from people. He's never surrounded himself with a bunch of 'yes men.'"

The New York Times reported earlier this week that tensions were rising between Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law. The Wall Street Journal also reported that Trump was shopping for possible replacements for Priebus. 

Kushner and Bannon have reportedly sat down to clear the air Friday

MacCullum asked Conway if the two were "there to stay."

"I would assume so. That’s up to Donald Trump," she said. "I’ve heard nothing but rumors and innuendos and press reports that would make any of us believe anything other than the real shakeup going on in Washington is the way Donald Trump is coming in as a disruptor."

Hear Conway's comments below.