Kellyanne Conway’s husband explains critical Trump tweets
Conservative lawyer George Conway said Tuesday that his recent tweets slamming President Donald Trump’s mental health were a way to let off steam and keep from arguing with his wife, senior presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, The Washington Post reported.
“It’s so maddening to watch,” Conway told the paper. “The mendacity, the incompetence, it’s just maddening to watch. The tweeting is just the way to get it out of the way, so I can get it off my chest and move on with my life that day. That’s basically it. Frankly, it’s so I don’t end up screaming at her about it.”
The comments come after Trump spent much of the weekend tweeting, leading Conway to respond that Trump’s mental condition is “getting worse.” The internet fight reignited a long-standing feud between the two men. Trump called Conway “a total loser!” on Twitter Tuesday morning, referencing his 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale’s claim Monday that Conway “hurts his wife because he is jealous of her success.”
Conway declined to comment on the state of his marriage to the Post, adding that he was proud, not “jealous,” of his wife but that he would prefer she not work for Trump.
“No one was prouder than I was that she was able to elect this man President despite his obvious flaws,” he added.
Conway had tweeted several times over the weekend questioning the President’s mental health, including posting photos of the description of narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Aides to the President had previously dissuaded him from going after Conway on Twitter, reasoning that it would empower him and draw needless attention, several current and former White House aides told the Post.
Kellyanne Conway did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment Tuesday. She told reporters Monday that she doesn’t “share those concerns” held by her husband regarding Trump’s mental status.
CNN has also reached out to the White House for comment on Conway’s interview with the Post.
George Conway also described to the Post a conversation he had with the President about his decision not to take a job at the Department of Justice as one of several interactions between them. Parscale asserted Monday that Conway “was either fired/quit” from DOJ and that Trump “doesn’t even know him!”
Conway described speaking to the President at Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s wedding in 2017 about his decision not to pursue a job at the Department of Justice under then-Attorney General Jeff sessions.
“(Trump) said to me, I remember it clearly, ‘You were smart not to work for that guy … he is so weak,’ ‘” Conway told the Post.
Conway told the paper that Trump then launched into a minutes-long tirade criticizing Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference during the 2016 election.
“I told him, I’d heard the recusal issue was pretty clear, that Sessions had to recuse himself,” Conway said to the Post. “He took great affront at that.”
Conway also described to the Post two phone calls he participated in with the President — arranged by Kellyanne Conway — in early 2017 regarding Trump’s legal situation in different investigations.
During the first call, “he wanted to know what I thought about the judge and what I thought about the case” in the lawsuit alleging that Trump had violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause banning foreign gifts, George Conway told the paper.
During the second call, which included Vice President Mike Pence and senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, “he wanted to know my opinions on a variety of lawyers who were being considered to be his outside counsel” in the Mueller investigation, Conway said to the Post.