Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway slammed claims in a new book that she is the biggest White House leaker.
Conway told Fox News that she spoke to President Trump about the book, “The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game,” and its author’s allegations that she is responsible for the leaks coming from the White House.
“He knows, and he has said publicly and privately who the leakers and the liars are and have been, and is very happy that there is a lot less leaking in the White House now,” she told Fox News’s Abby Huntsman.
“Do some still exist in the White House?” the Fox News host, whose father is U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, asked.
“Perhaps. But let me just make very clear something that you know, because you are there and have two eyes. If somebody puts ‘Kellyanne interview’ on a chyron [on-screen graphic] in a headline, you get clicks and kicks,” Conway replied.
Author Ronald Kessler claimed Conway said “mean, cutting and honestly untrue” things about former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper during “State of the Union,” Kessler doubled down on his attack of Conway.
“So if you wonder why there are so many leaks out of the White House, one reason is Kellyanne Conway is the No. 1 leaker,” he said, adding that she “dissed” Trump’s daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump as well as her husband Jared Kushner.
Conway pushed back on the claims, telling Huntsman she is on good terms with the couple and recently had dinner at their house.
“I’ve survived a lot of people and continue to be here,” the president’s counselor said. Her job in the White House “inspires a lot of jealously and back-biting” she added, noting that actual White House leakers are usually the media’s biggest critics.
“We learned a long time ago around here that people who say, ‘enemy of the people, opposition party, fake news, biased media’ — they can talk to the press all day long because nobody would suspect them,” she said. “I’m a very public face here. What I think is out there.”
“One day, Abby, I will have my say,” Conway added, “so that will be very, very fascinating.”