A little while ago Trump took a few questions from reporters and one of those questions was about this weeks back and forth between he and George Conway, Kellyanne’s husband.
Trump quickly took the gloves off and called “Mr. Kellyanne Conway” a ‘whack job’, saying he’s doing a tremendous disservice to his wonderful wife:
President Trump on George Conway: “He’s a whack job … I think he’s doing a tremendous disservice to a wonderful wife. Kellyanne is a wonderful woman and I call him Mr. Kellyanne.” pic.twitter.com/pOex3MIS3j
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) March 20, 2019
Just after this Politico released an interview with Kellyanne defending Trump, suggesting that Trump is responding appropriately to her husband:
Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump’s attacks on her husband George Conway saying he’s “a counterpuncher” and asserting that the president is free to respond when he’s accused of having a mental illness.
“He left it alone for months out of respect for me,” Conway, a senior Trump aide, told POLITICO in a brief telephone interview. “But you think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?”
“Don’t play psychiatrist any more than George should be,” she added. “You’re not a psychiatrist and he’s not, respectfully.”
In the interview with POLITICO on Wednesday, Kellyanne Conway said Trump has treated her with the utmost respect.
“The president is obviously defending me,” she said. “He could privately say to me, ‘Honey you’re a distraction. We love you. You’ll always be a part of the family but go be with your kids. They need you. Go make a million dollars an hour. Go do that honey.’ It’s the opposite.”
Conway said she’s talked about Trump’s criticism of her husband to the president “in passing” but such talk is not dominating their discussions with him but is rather something that the media wants to focus on. She declined to comment on whether she wants Trump to stop tweeting against her husband.
She also said her effectiveness as Trump’s counselor has not been affected by Trump slamming her husband.
“Why would it affect my job? Hasn’t everybody tried to push me out already and here I am, stronger than ever,” she said. “You’re looking at it the wrong way.”
“Yesterday George spent the day tweeting about the president,” she noted. “I spent my day doing two one-hour briefings with press and intergovernmental affairs people, agency people from all across the country and then over an hour briefing that I led in the Oval Office with the president and first lady in the cabinet on opioids at one year, so this is what I do here. I think it probably looks differently if everybody is turning into ‘Gossip Girl.’”
This has to be one of the more awkward feuds of the Trump presidency. Conway has made himself a hero to the left, but I’m sure Trump is also gonna be very happy that Kellyanne has HIS back instead of her husbands in all of this.