White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Donald Trump on NBC’s “Today” show Monday, slamming the media’s “obsession” with the president’s Twitter feed.
Co-host Savannah Guthrie asked Conway if Trump owed the London mayor an apology for tweeting “a political attack” shortly after the city was hit by terrorism over the weekend.
“It wasn’t a political attack, Savannah, and as was buried in that report, that one-sided report, here is the other side,” Conway said. “The president stands firm with the people of the U.K. He spoke to the prime minister… the bloodbaths have to stop.”
Guthrie tried to intervene by bringing up Trump’s first tweet after the London attack, but Conway didn’t back down.
“I’m not going to allow, on the day and a half after terrorists did it again, whether they’re ISIS inspired or ISIS directed, they’re savage murderers. It’s an evil slaughter, as the president said last night,” Conway said. “I’m not going to let him be seen as the perpetrator here. Every time you said Russia, imagine you said ISIS. Every time you say Twitter, imagine if you said terrorists.”
Guthrie then reminded Conway that the president sets the agenda, pointing to a series of tweets about the travel ban.
Guthrie asked again, “Does he owe an apology to London’s mayor?”
“We’ve got the 23rd ISIS inspired or ISIS directed attacked, taking innocent lives… and we want to put some blame worthiness here on President Trump. I’m just not going to allow it,” Conway said.
She continued: “He’s what he’s doing as president of the United States and commander in chief, he’s standing firm because an attack on London is an attack on American values also.”
Co-host Craig Melvin tried to chime in, but Conway continued to speak over him.
“This obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president,” she said.
“That’s his preferred method of communication,” Melvin countered.
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