"Conway was rebuked by the White House on Thursday after she promoted the branded products of the president’s daughter, Ivanka, during a TV interview. Ethics experts said she may have broken the law regarding conflicts of interest.
It was the gravest gaffe yet by the 50-year-old, who was seen as the most effective public face of an insurgent election campaign in which even opponents reluctantly credited her with a genius for the dark art of spin.
Governing has proved more treacherous. On 22 January, asked about the administration’s false claims over the size of the crowds at Trump’s inauguration, the White House counsellor replied: ‘Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts.’ The phrase ‘alternative facts’ became a millstone around her neck."