Two sources within President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team told MSNBC Monday morning that he was “furious” at former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway for publicly criticizing him over his interest in nominating 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to be his secretary of state.
“‘Kellyanne went rogue at Donald Trump’s expense at the worst possible time,’ a source familiar with Trump’s thinking said,” MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski reported on Monday’s edition of “Morning Joe,” pointing to Conway’s assertion that the president-elect’s supporters would feel “betrayed” were he to choose Romney.
“Trump’s top aides said they were ‘baffled’ by Conway’s comments and suggested that it feeds into a growing concern inside the campaign that ‘instead of driving Donald Trump’s message, she’s pushing her own agenda,’” she added.
Moreover, the sources claimed that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior counselor Steve Bannon were feeling frustrated with the former campaign manager’s unwillingness to be a team player.
Speaking on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” later that evening, however, Trump’s spokesman Jason Miller rebutted these claims.
“Kellyanne chatted with the president-elect in advance of going out and offering her comments and asked her permission if it was OK to go and voice her opinions in the matter and he said go for it,” Miller said, as reported by The Hill.
“And I think that’s one of the great things about this White House is the president-elect and our future president will take in a number of different viewpoints and opinions and then he’ll form his own decision and decide how he wants to go forward,” he continued.
Conway herself issued a similar statement during a phone interview Monday afternoon with The New York Times, stating, “The president-elect would never need to turn on a TV station to find out how I feel about anything or anyone — he would already know it.”
It seemed like a case of “he said, she said,” and frankly the claims by MSNBC’s sources sounded spurious at best, especially since Conway had simply stated a valid fact: Trump’s supporters would indeed feel “betrayed” if he selected Romney.
And the last I checked, Trump was nowhere near as averse to facts as most of his critics.
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