Amid the Rob Porter scandal that has roiled the White House these past few days, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway showed up on CNN’s State of the Union this morning to provide the Trump administration’s take on the whole affair. And during a fairly lengthy but surprisingly calm interview, Conway wanted to clear one thing up — the status of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
After telling host Jake Tapper that she had no reason not to believe the women who have accused former White House staffer Porter of domestic abuse, she went back and forth with Tapper over when Kelly fully knew about the allegations against Porter. Regarding the inability for Porter to get security clearance, Conway said that Porter had interim security clearance and brought up the FBI’s process in fully clearing someone.
After Conway mostly avoided answering Tapper’s question on when the White House will clear up the issue over who knew what regarding the Porter allegations, the CNN anchor then pressed Conway on Kelly’s job security amid reports that Trump has been looking at replacing the chief of staff.
“Is Chief of Staff Kelly’s job in jeopardy?” Tapper asked.
“I spoke to the president, and he said please tell Jake that I have full faith in Chief of Staff John Kelly and I’m not looking for replacements,” she responded.
Conway went on to defend Trump’s response to the accusations against Porter, stating that he “is sympathetic to women and men that are victims of domestic violence.” Tapper noted that POTUS has a tendency to side with men who are accused of misconduct and violence against women.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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