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Kellyanne Conway named counselor to the president

President-elect Donald Trump named his former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, to serve as counselor to the president on Thursday.

The assistant position, which hasn't been occupied under President Barack Obama since early 2015, was first created by former President Richard Nixon and was once considered to be cabinet level. "In her position, Conway will continue her role as a close advisor to the president and will work with senior leadership to effectively message and execute the Administration's legislative priorities and actions," the Trump transition team wrote in a statement.

Like Conway, Steve Bannon also received a major assistant role for his work as chief executive officer of the Trump presidential campaign. He was earlier named to serve as the senior counselor to the president in the White House.