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Top Trump aide compares Hillary Clinton’s relationship with the truth to Bill Clinton’s relationship with women

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and then-chairman Paul Manafort attend a roundtable discussion at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Aug. 17. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
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Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway compared Hillary Clinton's relationship with the truth to what she called former president Bill Clinton's "casual relationships with other women."

“Hillary Clinton is a bore who many voters think is not trustworthy and not honest," Conway said during an interview with British journalist Matt Frei for a documentary that debuts Tuesday night in the United Kingdom. "Her husband’s problem was that he had casual relationships with other women. Hillary’s problem is she has a casual relationship with the truth. The more people see her, the more they're reminded of what they don't like about her and what they don't trust about her."

Frei smiled and said: "You really don't like her, do you?"

"No, it's not about who I like," Conway said. "It's like, look at the record. You think you would know who Hillary Clinton is if she weren't married to Bill Clinton? Prove it."

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Conway's comment was captured in a brief video clip that was first reported by BuzzFeed. It's unclear when the interview occurred, although a partial transcript on a British news channel's website indicates that it was while Conway was working for Trump's campaign. Conway joined the campaign in July and became the campaign manager on Wednesday.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks about the importance of earning the trust of voters who currently doubt her. (Video: Reuters)

Conway has long been a critic of Clinton, and this is not the first time that she has brought up the former president's infidelity. In April 2005, Conway said this on MSNBC: "The fact is that Hillary Clinton could not stand up to a cheating husband, so how in the world would she stand up to North Korea and some of our other enemies around the globe?"

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Conway was asked to explain the comment. Conway defended what she said but clarified that she was not conflating marital problems with confronting hostile nations.

"The context of that particular comment, I don't know what it was, but I will stand by in the following sense: I think people are looking for a strong, tough leader, and many American women have to make the choice that she made or have to make the opposite choice," Conway said. "But the fact is that people are looking for strength, and people are looking for leadership, and people will peruse all types of decisions you have made throughout your life."

Conway said that since she made that comment, Clinton served as secretary of state and showed how she would "stand up to North Korea," Iran and other countries.

"It turns out we know exactly how she would stand up to those powers," Conway said. "And it's [a] very unimpressive record."

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CNN's Dana Bash pushed Conway to explain where she stands now.

"As you said, you made that comment a long time ago, but it sounds like you're saying that those character traits that you're discussing about her work at the State Department are the same that led to her staying with her husband?" Bash said.

"No, I am not saying that at all, nor should anybody presume that I am saying that. We don't need to conflate the two," Conway said. "There are millions of women in this country who made the opposite choice, too. And that's a right. My mother certainly did. She was left with a young child at the age of 26 with a high school degree, not a Yale Law School degree. And she certainly wasn't first lady of the country and had to pull herself back up and find a way to support us. And God bless her. She did. So, no, let's not conflate the two. But let's really look at what Americans are seeking in the next president. They want leadership."

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