White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that her husband withdrew his name from consideration for a job in the Trump administration, an account that contradicts President Trump’s claim that he “didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted.”
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Conway was asked about the escalating feud between the president and her husband, conservative lawyer George Conway.
“What I will tell you is that George was very supportive of President Trump, cried on election night in his MAGA hat, blocks away from here at the Hilton in New York, wanted to take a job in the Trump administration and changed his mind, and was a guest of the president and first lady months after he withdrew himself from consideration,” Conway said.
She added that when her husband “withdrew his name, he said he would still support the president and his agenda and, quote, his wonderful wife’s work. So, if that’s changed, I haven’t changed.”
This month, Trump claimed in a tweet that he had turned down George Conway for a position in his administration. The tweet came after Conway’s suggestions that Trump’s mental health is deteriorating.
“George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted,” Trump said in the tweet, calling Conway a “stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
Trump’s tweet echoed one days earlier by his 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, claiming that the president “turned down Mr. Kellyanne Conway for a job he desperately wanted” and that Conway was “either fired/quit.”
In an interview with The Washington Post, George Conway disputed the notion that Trump decided not to give him a job.
Conway said he opted against working in the Justice Department after Trump offered him a position heading the civil division because he watched Trump attack the department’s leaders and then fire James B. Comey as FBI director in May 2017.
In recent months, Conway has sharpened his criticisms of Trump, denouncing his actions more explicitly. Conway had initially adopted a more neutral tone toward the president.
Kellyanne Conway on Sunday was asked what she believes are her husband’s motivations for continuing to sharply criticize Trump.
“Do you think he’s cyberbullying here to try to get you to quit?” host Chris Wallace asked. “Do you think he’s jealous of your high profile?”
“Some people think that,” she replied. “And they certainly do. My first line of protection in this world is and will always be my four children. So I don’t really like to discuss this publicly.”
She declined to answer when asked toward the interview’s end whether the gulf between her own and her husband’s political views had hurt their marriage.
“Oh, Chris, what are you, Oprah now?” she asked. “I mean, what am I, on a couch and you are a psychiatrist? I think it’s a really inappropriate question, and here’s why: That’s the line over which nobody should have crossed.”
John Wagner contributed to this report.