Kellyanne Conway says she 'meant no disrespect' after being lampooned for perching on an Oval Office coach in heels.
The counselor to the president said there was not much room to stand and she wanted to get the right angle of the leaders of historically black colleges and universities.
She told Lou Dobbs on Fox Business Network: 'These are the presidents and other leaders within the historically black college and universities and they came to visit the White House. Of course, just today, the President signed the executive order on HCBU’s and I had an occasion to speak at length to many of those leaders before that picture and after that picture and again today.'
'And I really want to thank so many of them for coming to my defense because they were in the room and they know I was being asked to take a picture in a crowded room with the press behind us. I was asked to take a certain angle and was doing exactly that. I certainly meant no disrespect, I didn’t mean to have my feet on the couch. '
It is not clear why Conway had to take a photo on her cellphone instead of having a professional photographer document the historic moment.
Kellyanne Conway told Lou Dobbs: 'I certainly meant no disrespect, I didn’t mean to have my feet on the couch'
The White House adviser has come under fierce criticism on Twitter with many calling her out for how disrespectful the pose is.
Conway lashed out at journalists who are not happy with Trump as well.
She told Lou Dobbs: 'It is venomous, it is vicious, it bothers my children to be frank with you. I have 24/7 secret service protection because there are people out there who do wish us harm and people should take that very seriously.'
'I am not a victim at all but people should take very seriously the import of their words, but hey Lou, if we started the trend here, where people are outwardly talking about greater respect for the Office of the President and its current occupants, then perhaps that’s something positive that came out, but I of course meant no disrespect…this came from a journalist who is not happy that Donald Trump is the President but I just want people to focus on the great work of the HCBU presidents and how honored we were to have them here '
At one point, with her heels digging into the delicate fabric of the couch, Conway is seen to be texting on her phone while President Trump met with his invited guests.
At one point it appeared the Conway's shoes were actually digging into the fabric of the couch
Some of the college leaders appeared to be surprised by Conway's behavior in the Oval Office
Moments after taking a photo herself, she was seen checking her phone, with her legs tucked beneath her.
Users on Twitter were quick to mock the adviser's own ill-advised pose with many shocked at the lack of formality displayed in such a