Kellyanne Conway describes reporters who mock Trump as 'professional political hacks'


Senior adviser to Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway said on Monday that the White House press corps, who she described as mocking the 45th president, "ought to think about what they're doing."

Tension between reporters and the newly positioned Trump administration erupted last weekend, when White House press secretary Sean Spicer accused media of trying to "lessen the enthusiasm" in covering attendance of Trump's inauguration.

In a Sunday interview with NBC News' Chuck Todd, Conway stated Spicer was offering "alternative facts" on the inauguration matter.

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In a White House interview with FOX News' Sean Hannity, Conway chastised pool reporters who she feel mock the president instead of giving the new administration a fair chance.

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"If they snark, if they roll their eyes, if their Twitter feed is filled with 92 percent anti-Trump tweets, they're not being reporters, they're being opinion columnists," Conway told Hannity. "They're being professional political hacks and pundits, and we have a right to call that out."

In Spicer's first daily White House briefing, the topic of inauguration attendance and Spicer's inaccurate statements resurfaced when ABC News' Jonathan Karl bluntly asked the press secretary, "Will you always tell us the truth?"

The question spurred a lengthy back and forth between Karl and Spicer, during which Spicer stated, "Our intention is never to lie to you."

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The pivot out of Trump camp when asked about the false Inauguration Day summations has focused around an incorrect report that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from the Oval Office after Trump's inauguration on Friday.

"[The pool reporter] puts it out, it gets tweeted and it gets reported 3,000 times -- you still can't take it back," Conway said. "He apologized to his colleagues in the press. He has not apologized to the President and the damage is done because then people look at Donald Trump as [racist].

Conway also discussed during her FOX interview the administration's focus on strengthening the economy and reducing corporate taxes.

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