WATCH: Kellyanne Conway Explains Why Kneeling on an Oval Office Couch Was Acceptable

Kellyanne Conway defended the photo of her kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office during President Donald Trump’s meeting with leaders from historically black colleges and universities that went viral on Tuesday (Feb. 28, 2017).

Conway spoke out about backlash she received in response to the photo on FOX’s Lou Dobbs Tonight Tuesday evening, claiming that she was positioned in such a way so that she could take a photo of Trump’s gathering.

“We had the largest gathering of men and women to date in the Oval Office for a picture,” Conway told Dobbs. “These are the presidents and other leaders within the historically black colleges and universities, and they came to visit the White House — of course today the president signed the executive order on HCBUs [sic]. 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.”

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Conway added that many of the meeting’s attendees came to her defense when the criticism rolled in.

“I certainly meant no disrespect. I didn’t mean to have my feet on the couch,” she stated.

The photo was the inspiration behind a slew of memes that alluded to the fictitious “Bowling Green Massacre” and referenced an eerily similar moment from HBO’s Veep.

Watch Conway speak to Lou Dobbs in the video at the top of the page.