In the wake of a disturbing Washington Post report, Conway, a counselor to the president, couldn’t say what the White House is doing to deter Russia.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked senior White House senior staffer Kellyanne Conway in an interview on Friday about a Washington Post report that Vladimir Putin ordered the 2016 election hacks, and what the White House is doing to stop future election attacks from happening.
Conway did not give any clear answers to the question. Instead, President Trump’s 2016 campaign manager offered talking points about how Trump won the election fair and square.
“No nexus has been proven between what Russia or any other foreign government tried to do and the actual election result. Really the only person making that case prominently is Hillary Clinton,” Conway said.
Camerota affirmed Conway’s account, but pointed out that she had not asked that question.
“What is the current White House doing about [the election hacking]?” she asked again.
Conway conveyed the president’s concern about election interference and seemed to imply that media bias in the 2016 election rose to the level of Russian hacking. “We saw a lot of people interfering with our democracy by saying [Trump] couldn’t win here at home,” she said.
The counselor to the president then repeated the talking points that the Democratic National Committee allowed themselves to be hacked.
“That’s fine,” Camerota said, clearly short on patience. “What is the White House, what is President Trump now doing, to prevent Russia from doing this again?
Conway said that The Washington Post’s report was “new,” despite the fact that her boss is the president of the United States and has possessed access to all the intelligence published in the report for six months.
“What is he doing specifically to try to stop this?” Camerota asked again.
“I realize that we just like to say the word, ‘Russia, Russia’ to mislead the voters, and I know that CNN is aiding and abetting this nonsense as well,” Conway responded. She then complained about how many times Camerota had asked the question.
This pattern continued for two more minutes.
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