A news article in Politico said one reason women in President Trump's White House have thrived is because they "gamely play along" in a type of feminine "role" that fits the Trump administration.
But some people who read the story viewed it as potentially sexist.
"In trying to accuse Trump of being sexist, Politico managed to write an entirely sexist write up themselves," said one Republican congressional aide, who is a woman.
The premise of the article, published Wednesday by Annie Karni, is that while several of Trump's closest advisors and aides have been fired in the early months of his administration, the ones who seem safest happen to be women.
"The quiet endurers of Trump's tumultuous White House, by and large, are the women who serve in his administration," it said. It cited senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, communications aide Hope Hicks and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell as examples.
While Karni submits it's "unclear exactly why women have had more stable runs," she posits her own theory that "some of the women who have succeeded in Trump's circle are those who gamely play along with the role the president casts them in."
The story goes on to recount an interaction between Trump and Conway, who served as his campaign manager through Election Day.
"On the evening after his inauguration, Trump gave a shout-out to his former campaign manager at a black-tie dinner," the story said. "'I see my Kellyanne,' Trump said from the stage, beckoning her to join him and then kissing her hand and calling her 'baby.' She smiled and curtsied."
The article also referred to Conway as having a "floater role" in the White House.
Conway has said in the past that some coverage of her is "sexist," including an interview in May conducted by CNN's Anderson Cooper, who rolled his eyes as she was answering one of his questions.
Conway did not respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.