Kellyanne Conway got more than she bargained for this morning during an appearance on the NBC TODAY Show, getting hammered by anchor Matt Lauer over several inconsistencies stemming from General Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor who officially resigned late Monday night.
While Conway attempted to explain away her previous comments that Flynn “had the full confidence of the President,” Lauer pointed out her timeline of the events don’t add up.
“You’re saying that was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Lauer said regarding Flynn’s intentional misleading of Vice President Mike Pence over phone calls Flynn made in December to a Russian ambassador on the day the Obama administration levied sanctions against Russia. “But the White House knew about that last month, when the Justice Department warned the White House that Flynn had not been completely honest,” he continued.
“Well that’s one characterization,” Conway meekly offered Tuesday. “But the fact is General Flynn continued in that position,” noting simply that Flynn continued to serve in the role assisting the president up until his accepted resignation yesterday.
“Kellyanne, that makes no sense!” Lauer shot back. “Last month the Justice Department warned the White House that General Flynn misled them! And that as a result he was vulnerable to blackmail and at that moment he still had the complete trust of the president?”
Conway refused to answer directly, opting to attempt to move the conversation forward instead. “[President Trump has] accepted General Flynn’s resignation, and he wishes him well, and we’re moving on,” she responded.
Watch the tense interview above, via the NBC TODAY Show.
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