Trump aide Kellyanne Conway kneels on White House sofa, and Twitter goes nuts
Counsellor to the US president Kellyanne Conway sparked social media fury after kneeling on a White House sofa with her shoes on.
In an image captured by an AFP photographer, Conway appears casually kneeling on the couch as Donald Trump poses for a photo with leaders of historically black colleges and universities.
Many Twitter users were quick to berate Conway, with many calling her body language a sign of “disrespect”.
“Conway with her shoes on the couch in Oval Office - consistent with general level of disrespect Trump team has shown,” tweeted one user.
“The new stock photo for ‘white privilege,’” wrote another Twitter user of the image which shows her surrounded by a large number of black people who are standing.
Some drew comparisons to a 2013 photo of former president Barack Obama with his feet up on the desk of the Oval Office.
— ARnews 1936 (@ARnews1936) February 28, 2017
“Remember when Republicans used to flip out over Obama Oval Office decorum,” posted one Twitter user.
Some people suggested Conway’s disposition hinted at a deeper meaning to the Oval Office meeting.
Now, you can't expect us to take this "meeting" seriously when this is the setting. pic.twitter.com/IAx34PlliM
— deray mckesson (@deray) February 28, 2017
Conway recently came under fire for plugging the fashion brand of the president’s daughter. The head of the US Office of Government Ethics urged the White House to investigate Conway after the incident, saying she should face disciplinary action.
Conway later tweeted that she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists” - referring to two Iraqi men who were indicted in 2011 for trying to send money and weapons to Al-Qaeda, and using improvised explosive devices against US soldiers in Iraq.