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White House: Trump ‘absolutely’ backs Conway amid criticism

February 9, 2017 GMT
This frame grab from video provided by Fox News shows White House adviser Kellyanne during her interview with Fox News Fox and Friends, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Conway defended Ivanka Trump's fashion company, telling Fox News that Trump is a "successful businesswoman" and people should give the company their business. (Fox News via AP)
This frame grab from video provided by Fox News shows White House adviser Kellyanne during her interview with Fox News Fox and Friends, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. Conway defended Ivanka Trump's fashion company, telling Fox News that Trump is a "successful businesswoman" and people should give the company their business. (Fox News via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump “absolutely” continues to support White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after she promoted his daughter Ivanka Trump’s fashion line during a cable interview.

In response to questions from The Associated Press, the White House said the president didn’t see Conway’s interview on Fox News. But a spokeswoman says Trump “understands she was merely sticking up for a wonderful woman who she has great respect for and felt was treated unfairly.”

The White House says Trump also “fully supports his daughter.”

Conway urged people to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” Her comments came after the Nordstrom department store dropped Ivanka Trump’s line of clothing and accessories.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer says Conway was “counseled” on her comments, but did not explain what that entailed.

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