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President Donald Trump, right, meets with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Also at the meeting are White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, left, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, on the couch. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Kellyanne Conway 'meant no disrespect' in putting her feet on the Oval Office couch


UPDATE March 1, 6:23 a.m.:

Kellyanne Conway defended herself after a photo caught her putting her feet up on the Oval Office couch during a meeting with leaders of historically black colleges and universities on Monday. 

"I was being asked to take a picture in a crowded room with the press behind us, and I was asked to take a certain angle and was doing exactly that," Conway told Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs Tuesday. "I certainly meant no disrespect. I didn't mean to have my feet on the couch." 

Here's a clip of that interview.

It bothers my children, to be frank with you. I'm not a victim at all, but people should take very seriously the import of their words.
Kellyanne Conway

Dobbs and Conway pointed to an incident in 2013 when former President Obama was photographed with his feet on his desk, saying liberals were "deplorable" for attacking Conway more than Obama. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Kellyanne Conway, one of President Trump's most high-profile aides, probably relished the chance to relax a bit as Trump met with leaders of historically black colleges and universities on Monday. But she might not have anticipated the backlash.

Photographers captured Conway kneeling on the couch in the Oval Office. This relaxed look kicked Twitter's imagination (and, in some cases, outrage) into overdrive. 

Some thought it looked like she was playing Pokémon GO.

Others thought she was just being unhygienic.

Still others gave her credit for her flexibility.

But some observers saw something more serious in the incident. 

Some thought Conway's relaxed stance was a subtle sign of disrespect for the HBCU leaders that were present at the meeting. Others saw it as a breach of decorum for the Oval Office, similar to a photo of former President Obama's feet on his desk which angered some critics. Still others insisted there was nothing wrong with Conway's actions. 

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson found the display disrespectful.

Others pointed to past incidents within the office.

Still others argued the office wasn't worthy of any decorum.

Critics argued the whole incident wasn't worth reporting.

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