Kellyanne Conway

White House PR strategy in chaos

Fox promoted it ahead of time as the administration's first on-camera reaction to the news about former FBI Director Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel overseeing the federal government's Russia investigation.

But the White House abruptly canceled Conway's appearance, causing Fox host Tucker Carlson to fill the air time by discussing the cancellation.

Kellyanne Conway: Call for ethics inquiry over Ivanka Trump promotion

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) found reason to believe Ms Conway had violated ethics rules, five days after she urged people to buy the president's daughter's range on Fox News.

Her comments prompted complaints from both Democrats and Republicans.

They have now been backed by the OGE, which is an independent body.

In a letter on Tuesday, it advises the White House to investigate and possibly discipline Ms Conway.

White House counselor blames media for threats

"Because of what the press is doing now to me, I have Secret Service protection," Conway told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview that aired Monday. "We have packages delivered to my house with white substances."

Joe Casey, a spokesman for the Secret Service, confirmed that Conway is receiving protection from the agency. Conway did not respond to a request for comment.