White House adviser Kellyanne Conway called out the press for digging into her personal life but admitted her husband is “not supporting” President Trump or her job in the administration.
The former Trump campaign manager spoke to Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings with Maria” Thursday about the escalating feud between the president and her husband, attorney George Conway.
“Your boss is calling your husband a whack job,” Bartiromo said during the lengthy interview following a clip of Trump slamming George Conway. “What’s going on?”
“My husband also has been very critical of the president publicly, which is unlike him,” Conway replied. “He’s traditionally been a very private person. In 2016, which was known as the year of the tweet, George Conway sent exactly zero tweets. So this is new. And what also is new is not supporting the agenda of the president and my work there.”
She thanked the president for defending her from “what he thinks is unfairness, I leave that up to him,” and later noted how protective he is of her.
Trump continued his feud with George Conway by blasting the “stone cold loser” as a “husband from hell,” tweeting on Wednesday that the Washington, D.C.-based attorney is “jealous of his wife’s success.”
Trump calls ‘VERY jealous’ ‘Mr. Kellyanne Conway’ the ‘husband from hell’ in biting tweet https://t.co/EcnszVbeUr
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 20, 2019
George Conway fired back using the hashtag #NarcissisticPersonalityDisorder, and said Trump seemed “determined” to prove his point.
But the war of words between the two men was, until recently, only one-sided attacks by Conway as Trump chose to remain quiet even amid George Conway’s many criticisms on social media, most recently questioning Trump’s mental state.
“When George took himself out of contention for a top job in the Department of Justice almost two years ago now, he put out a public statement that many in the media refused to cover now, which is that he does — we’ve decided as a family it’s not the right time for both of us to have big jobs in the federal government. That he’ll stay in the private sector and that — that he still supports the president, the work of the administration and, of course, his, quote, wonderful wife,” the counselor to the president told Bartiromo on Thursday.
“So I think in their descriptions of me, what George Conway said and what Donald Trump said are the same,” she added.
“I was raised in a household of strong Italian Catholic women that taught me you air grievances like that in private,” Conway said, “so it is very surprising to see it be so public.”
She noted that her “first duty” will always be “the protection” of the couple’s four school-aged children.
“So I prefer not to address it. And if that means people are mischaracterizing me or my boss or even George’s tweets or they’re cherry picking… these grievances should be discussed in private,” she added.
“I don’t know when the feminists are going to write the story about the unusual situation of a man getting power through his wife. But that’s what we have here,” she said, as Bartiromo pressed her on her husband’s public criticisms of the president.
“Sure. It’s very unusual. It’s not just unusual. It’s unusual for George, who people know is a very private person who really hasn’t weighed in on many different matters over the years,” Conway explained, noting that she has talked to Trump about it “in passing” before she went on to call out those on Twitter who attack the president because they “somehow think they have an equal platform to the President of the United States.”
“He is president and you are not,” Conway said.
“Have you said that to your husband?” Bartiromo asked.
“I have said it to many people,” she replied.
When Bartiromo asked Conway if her husband has ever asked her to leave her White House job, she replied, “certainly.”
“But what message would that send to the feminists everywhere who pretend they’re independent thinkers and men don’t make decisions for them?” she asked.
A CNN feature on Conway focused on how she became the “ultimate Trump White House survivor.”
Kellyanne Conway’s humble New Jersey roots laid the foundation for a long career in a male-dominated world of politics. Now, she’s the one consistent figure in the otherwise revolving door of the Trump White House. #BadassWomenDC | @DanaBashCNN https://t.co/9KH5FyB3z6 pic.twitter.com/G6X271J2N0
— CNN (@CNN) March 20, 2019
Bartiromo pressed Conway about why she thought her husband would be lashing out at Trump even though he was once very supportive.
“You’d have to ask him that, but he definitely changed his mind,” she responded.
“I am exactly who I was when we decided to move here as a family two and a half years ago. And I did what I could do to support George’s quest for a career change,” she explained, noting how she is a fighter and a survivor. “I’m a woman who’s got a very large platform, a lot of power. But, most importantly, I want to — I want to wield that power behind the scenes.”