Kellyanne Conway sparred with NBC News anchors Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin on Monday’s TODAY show over President Donald Trump’s tweets — just after Trump went on a tweet-storm about his self-professed “travel ban.”
“This obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president,” Conway said at one point on Monday.
The interview started with Guthrie asking Conway about Trump’s tweet on Sunday, criticizing London mayor Sadiq Khan for urging London residents to “not be alarmed” by an increased police presence in the wake of a terror attack in the city on Saturday night. (Trump took Khan’s words out of context.)
“Was that a mistake?” Guthrie asked Conway.
“It wasn’t a political attack, Savannah,” Conway replied, claiming the “one-sided report” didn’t note that Trump had spoken to British Prime Minister Theresa May and pledged support to the nation.
Told by Guthrie that Trump’s false claim about Khan was his “first tweet” about London — it was actually his fifth, following a retweet of the Drudge Report, a push for his contested “travel ban,” a pledge of support to London, and another missive about U.S. security and not being “politically correct” — Conway shot back, “I’m not going to allow, on a 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. I’m not going to let him be seen as the perpetrator here. For every time you said, ‘Russia,’ imagine if you said ‘ISIS’; every time you said ‘Twitter,’ imagine if you said ‘terrorists.’ Maybe we’d have a different type of vigilance.”
Pressed if Trump owed the London mayor an apology, Conway dodged the question again, instead directing the conversation toward the attack itself.
Conway’s interview came the same morning Trump tweeted about his controversial executive order on immigration, calling it a “travel ban.” Trump’s own administration has denied that the executive order is a “ban” despite Trump’s own words.