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Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, George Conway

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Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway defended President Donald Trump’s attacks on her husband George Conway. Trump, she said, is a “counterpuncher” who was bound to respond when George Conway asserted that he has a mental illness.

“He left it alone for months out of respect for me,” Conway told Politico in a telephone interview. “But you think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?”

“Don’t play psychiatrist any more than George should be,” she added. “You’re not a psychiatrist and he’s not, respectfully.”

Kellyanne Conway’s remarks have left many feeling divided.

Kellyanne Conway told Politico that the president has always treated her respectfully.

“The president is obviously defending me,” she said. “He could privately say to me, ‘Honey you’re a distraction. We love you. You’ll always be a part of the family but go be with your kids. They need you. Go make a million dollars an hour. Go do that honey.’ It’s the opposite.”

Although she said she has spoken to Trump about his criticisms of her husband, she says she did so “in passing” and that the media has focused on the feud far more than they have. She did not comment on whether she wants Trump to stop tweeting against her husband. She also pushed back on questions whether Trump’s criticisms of her husband have impacted her job as presidential counselor.

“Why would it affect my job? Hasn’t everybody tried to push me out already and here I am, stronger than ever,” she said. “You’re looking at it the wrong way.”

She added:

“Yesterday George spent the day tweeting about the president. I spent my day doing two one-hour briefings with press and intergovernmental affairs people, agency people from all across the country and then over an hour briefing that I led in the Oval Office with the president and first lady in the cabinet on opioids at one year, so this is what I do here. I think it probably looks differently if everybody is turning into ‘Gossip Girl.’”

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