By MARK E. SHAPIRO / The Associated PressPresident Donald Trump fired White House communications director Kellyannee Conway Tuesday after two days of criticism over her handling of the weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump fired Conway after he was criticized for not calling for unity and calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag, the Associated Press reported.
Conway was a regular contributor to the White House, and her absence was immediately noticed by the president, who told the AP, “She’s been a very good journalist, I’ve heard that before.
And she’s done a tremendous job.”
The White House was not immediately available for comment on whether Conway would be able to return to her job at the White, as her job is not classified.
Conways comments prompted some lawmakers to call for her to resign.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., told MSNBC on Tuesday that Conway was “not being rewarded for her performance.”
Rep. Keith Ellison, D.M., called Conway a “great journalist” and said she should be fired.
He called on her to “step down.”
The congressman said Conway’s comments in the wake of the Charlottesville riots are “not representative of the president and the White house.
We’re a democracy, and the American people deserve a voice.”
Conway’s departure comes as Trump is also under fire over a $400,000 payment to her for a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Conway apologized for the payment in a statement, but it came after she criticized Trump’s response to the events in Virginia.
The president, for his part, told reporters Tuesday that he believes Conway is “getting a free pass.”
Trump has also faced criticism over his firing, which came after a week of controversy surrounding the Charlottesville protests.
On Saturday, the president said “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.
He said white supremacists were on the ground in Charlottesville “sending their blood and dying for a cause.”
On Monday, he blamed “many sides” for the unrest, but did not explicitly blame white supremacists.
On Tuesday, Trump said he fired Conway because of her remarks on the weekend.
“She is not fit for such a high office, and I am not going to let that happen again,” Trump said at a White House briefing.