During a lengthy and largely combative interview this morning on CNN’s New Day, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway did battle with co-host Alisyn Camerota. And one topic in particular that the two butted heads on was President Donald Trump’s recent admission that he didn’t record conversations with ex-FBI Director James Comey after suggesting “tapes” existed six weeks ago.
Camerota got the ball rolling by asking Conway why the president waited 42 days to say he didn’t have any tapes following his infamous tweet, leading the veteran pollster to point out that Trump left open the possibility that recordings may exist, just not ones made by him personally. Conway then pivoted to Comey, wondering aloud if he needed that extra push to be truthful and calling him a “leaker.”
After the CNN host pushed back, telling the White House aide that Comey only leaked memos after Trump’s tweet, she continued to press Conway on why the president waited so long to clear it up. With Conway suggesting Comey was being untruthful, Camerota wanted to know if Trump was attempting to intimidate or manipulate the former FBI chief’s testimony.
“Why was a tweet like truth serum for him? That’s concerning. Is that what you’re suggesting?” Camerota asked. The host also wanted to know why we were forced to “live this charade” of whether tapes did or didn’t exist.
And from there, we got a few minutes of classic Kellyanne stonewalling, with the presidential counselor hitting the media for being focused on Trump’s Twitter timeline rather than job creation and regulations. When Camerota highlighted that Trump himself was impacting the news cycle with his actions, Conway merely brushed her off, claiming CNN wouldn’t have covered other issues anyway.
“Well, you choose to spend your time on your show however you wish,” Conway snarked. “He’s busy doing many things here.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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