Things got intense during a CNN interview as anchor Alisyn Camerota accused Kellyanne Conway of refusing to answer her questions on Russia.
Conway unleashed on CNN for “aiding and abetting this nonsense” on Russia after Camerota repeatedly tried to get the White House counselor to respond to what President Trump is doing to prevent future interference the Kremlin.
Camerota’s question about Russian meddling in the U.S. election was met with Conway’s denial that there was any evidence to support the narrative during CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.
“No nexus has been proven between what Russia or any other foreign government tried to do and the actual election result,” Conway said. “We know that Donald Trump won fairly and squarely 306 electoral votes — it had nothing to do with interference.”
The CNN host asked again, “What is the current White House doing about this?”
The president “would be concerned about anybody interfering in our democracy,” Conway responded but it wasn’t the direct answer Camerota was looking for.
“We saw a lot of people interfering with our democracy by saying he couldn’t win here at home,” Conway said.
“I mean against Russia — what is he doing, specifically, to try to stop this?” Camerota asked again as the interview began to get heated.
Conway pointed to recent testimony by former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about how the Democratic National Committee refused his agency’s help in securing their computer networks.
“That’s fine,” Camerota said. “But my question for you is what is the White House, what is President Trump now doing to prevent Russia from doing this again?”
But as Camerota rephrased and came back to asking the question again, Conway lost her patience.
“Alisyn, I realize that we just like to say the word, ‘Russia, Russia’ to mislead the voters and I know that CNN is aiding and abetting this nonsense as well,” she said.
“You’ve asked me the same question three times now and I’m answering it,” Conway added.
“You’re not answering it, Kellyanne,” Camerota replied.
“He’s the president of the United States,” Conway said.
“And what’s he doing?” Camerota fired back. “What action is the White House doing to stop Russian interference in elections?”
“The president has met with his national security team many times, he has an initiative or a commission on voter integrity,” Conway said, “and he, himself, has used the power of the bully pulpit to express his resistance to any type of outside interference.”
But Camerota pressed again, “Do you think that he’s done enough to send a signal to Russia to stop this?”
“I think the president has been very clear on how he feels about this issue and many others,” Conway said.
When Camerota returned, again to what President Trump was doing or saying that was specifically addressing Russian collusion, Conway paused before answering.
“Alysyn, so we’re just asking, we’re having the same conversation through six different semantic differences,” Conway replied. “That’s fine. It’s your show. You can ask me what you want,” she added, noting that it was a narrative rejected by voters.
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