Top White House aide Kellyanne Conway defended her husbands sometimes critical tweets about her boss, then lambasted a CNN anchor for bringing it up.
Lawyer George Conway has recently made a handful of critical social media posts about President Trump, but the the White House counselor argued he “writes a lot of things that are also supportive.”
Conway, appearing Sunday on “State of the Union,” added he also posts “a lot of things about Corgis and Philadelphia Eagles.”
Then, however, she took anchor Dana Bash’s question as a major slight that brought family members into politics.
“It’s fascinating to me that CNN would go there,” she said. “But it’s very good for the whole world to just witness that it’s now fair game how people’s spouses and significant others may differ with them. I’m really surprised, but very, in some ways, relieved and gratified to see that. That should really be fun.”
The tense exchange between the two lasted about five minutes and came at the end of a wide ranging appearance.
Conway accused Bash of trying to “harass and embarrass” her while her children were likely watching at home.
The former Trump campaign manager added there’s a “difference of opinion when adultery is happening. By definition, spouses have a difference of opinion when one is, I don’t know, draining the joint bank account to support things that maybe the other disagrees with.”
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It wasn’t clear what exactly Conway’s assertion was referring to.
Bash at one point referred to her question about George Conway’s tweets as light-hearted and said many people have asked about his since-deleted posts.
Conway alleged a double-standard was in place that a male guest wouldn’t be asked the same question.
At another point, Bash tried to reason that Conway worked for the President and “your husband is a very well-respected lawyer.”
“My point is that we don’t often see, in fact I don’t remember the last time we saw, somebody working for the President in a high-profile position when their spouse is saying critical things about them,” Bash said. “That is all.”
Conway countered that there are relatives of other White House staffers who don’t back Trump at all.
George Conway, once a possible pick to be President Trump’s solicitor general, has indeed displayed a penchant for tweeting or retweeting about Corgis and the reigning Super Bowl champions.
But he’s raised eyebrows in the last month over a few tweets critical of the Trump administration.
After longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s office was raided by the FBI and Trump complained “Attorney-client privilege is dead,” George Conway responded with a link to Justice Department policies on raiding a lawyer’s office.