CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday confronted White House counselor Kellyanne Conway over President Trump’s latest barrage of false statements, saying that he wants the president “to stop lying” to the American people.
“Do you think his job includes lying to the American people? Because he continually does so and he undermines his own administration when he does so,” Tapper asked Conway on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“He does many things,” Conway shot back. “You just want that to go viral and you want to say President Trump and lie in the same sentence.”
“No. I would like him to stop lying, quite frankly,” Tapper fired back.
Conway also rejected his claim that the White House has a “credibility problem.”
“He talked about the three American hostages [taken by North Korea] and how the Obama administration tried and failed to get them free,” Tapper noted.
“Two of the three were detained while Donald Trump was president so there is no way that Obama could have gotten them released because they were captured when Trump was president. That is just a lie and that tweet is still up there. That is just symbolic of the fact that this president gets in his own way all the time even when there is something good happening.”
“You are focused on the tweet and we are focused on the hostages,” Conway replied.
Conway’s remarks follow Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s revelation last week that Trump had reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about her alleged affair with the president.
The president had previously denied any knowledge of the payment.