President Trump has been hit with a barrage of angry words from his presidential counselor’s husband before, but the Twitter feud they’ve been locked into recently has been something new.
George Conway, Kellyanne’s husband, has been ripping Trump constantly, calling him a liar and narcissist and questioning his mental health.
The president fired back on Wednesday, writing on Twitter: “George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted. I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
Speaking to reporters, Trump also called George “a whack job” and said “he’s doing a tremendous disservice to a wonderful wife. Kellyanne is a wonderful woman.”
The very public fight has brought unwanted attention to Kellyanne, who has found herself in the position of defending her boss against her husband. She addressed that Thursday morning when speaking to Maria Baritoromo of the Fox Business Network.
Kellyanne told Baritoromo that her husband’s behavior lately has been “unlike him because he’s traditionally been a very private person.”
She explained further: “This is new. And what is also new is not supporting the agenda of the president and my work there, because 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 statement that many in the media refuse to cover now, which is that we decided as a family it’s not the right time for us both to have big jobs in the federal government, that he’ll stay in the private sector but that he still supports the president, the work of the administration, and his quote, wonderful wife.”
“I appreciate the president defending what he thinks is unfairness,” she continued. “I was raised, though, in a household of strong Italian Catholic women who taught me you air grievances like that in private. So it is very surprising to see it be so public.”
“I don’t talk about this much publicly because my first duty is and will always be the protection of [my] four school-aged children, so I prefer not to address it,” Kellyanne made clear.
The presidential counselor said she’s spoken to her husband privately about the feud but did not want to say publicly what those conversations were like. She emphasized the need for people to stay out of her private life and to not make assumptions about the strength of her marriage.
“I think the media is getting into a very dangerous area in discussing people’s marriages.”
She added that the mainstream media is making too big of a deal about her husband’s tweets because he’s not a public figure and can’t affect policy. She said the only reason he’s getting so much media attention is because he’s her husband.
As for Trump finally hitting back, Kellyanne said, “he’s protective of me.”
“I’m not being asked to choose between my marriage and my job. The president has never made me feel that way.”
She admitted that George wants her to quit her job as one of Trump’s top advisers but said people shouldn’t assume she has “an issue at home” that she’s struggling to deal with.
Baritoromo pressed on, demanding to know why George went from wanting to work in Trump’s administration to being one of his most vocal critics, but Kellyanne said her husband could speak for himself, just as he already is on Twitter. She described his abrupt shift as a “change of heart” and left it at that.
She praised her husband as a “brilliant litigator” who is “ eminently qualified” to serve in many other high positions outside of Trump’s administration and mentioned his extremely successful law career.
Kellyanne concluded by saying she feels “so blessed” to be doing the job that she does every day.
Watch the interview below: