Last week, Kellyanne Conway, special counselor to President Trump, berated CNN's Wolf Blitzer on air for suggesting there were “issues” in her marriage to George Conway, a conservative Washington, D.C., lawyer and prominent Trump critic.
In a live phone interview with “Fox & Friends” on Friday, Trump speculated about those same issues — and suggested Kellyanne Conway may be to blame for them.
The president did so virtually unprompted.
Trump was asked by “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt about George Conway’s recent assertion that Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is gunning to be his running mate in 2020.
“Kellyanne is great, but she’s married to a total wack job,” Trump said. “She must’ve done some number on him, Ainsley. I don’t know what Kellyanne did to that guy, because I don’t even know him. I met him for a second. He’s got to be some kind of a nutjob. She must have done some bad things to him, because that guy is crazy.”
Trump did eventually address the question, saying, “Mike Pence is a great vice president — he’s our man.”
On Twitter, Haley later thanked Trump for “putting the silly rumors to rest.”
It’s not the first time Trump has publicly disparaged George Conway, who has emerged as one of his most persistent critics.
Conway frequently uses his Twitter feed and newspaper op-eds to draw attention to what he calls the president’s malignant narcissism.
In March, for instance, he questioned Trump’s mental health, posting sections of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to his Twitter feed.
Trump, in return, called George Conway “a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
During the CNN interview, Blitzer asked Kellyanne Conway to respond to her husband’s assessment that testimony of career diplomats in the first public impeachment hearings was damning for her boss.
“Where is the shame?” Kellyanne Conway said. “What you just quoted is said every single day by other voices, but you wanted to put it in my husband’s voice because you think somehow that that will help your ratings or that you’re really sticking it to Kellyanne Conway.
“And let me make very clear. You didn’t stick it to Kellyanne Conway,” she added. “I think you embarrassed yourself, and I’m embarrassed for you.”
George Conway did not respond directly to Trump’s speculation about his marriage on Friday. He did, however, respond to the president’s performance on “Fox & Friends.”
“I have little doubt that, within the lifespans of many reading this tweet, students throughout the world will learn in their history books that a deeply psychologically unwell man — also a criminal — was president of the United States in the late 2010s,” Conway tweeted, adding: “Many of those young people will see and hear clips of that man, like his interview on Fox & Friends this morning. And they will shake their heads in virtual disbelief.”
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