NBC’s Matt Lauer hammered the senior advisor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, over inaccuracies in her story regarding former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.
On Monday, Conway declared that Flynn was still in excellent standing with the president. However, shortly after these comments Flynn resigned.
Lauer asked Conway about her remarks and whether this inaccuracy meant that Conway was no longer in the loop as to the inner workings of the Trump administration.
“No, not at all,” Conway responded. ” The president is very loyal. He’s a very loyal person, and by night’s end Mike Flynn had decided it was best to resign. He knew he had become a lightning rod and he made that decision.
“So had he not resigned the president would continue with him as national security advisor even though he misled the vice president and the administration about the contents of that call?” Lauer followed up.
Conway and Lauer proceeded to have a back and forth about Flynn’s resignation.
Lauer pointed out that the White House had known that Flynn had not been honest for a month because the Justice Department had warned them.
Conway responded: “Well, that’s — that’s one characterization. But the fact is that General Flynn continued in that position and was in the presidential daily briefings, was part of the leader calls as recently as yesterday, was there for the prime minister’s visit from Canada yesterday, and as time wore on, obviously the situation had become unsustainable.”
“Kellyanne, that makes no sense,” Lauer responded.
Laure went on to ask Conway: “Last month, the Justice Department warned the White House that General Flynn had misled them, and that as a result he was vulnerable to blackmail. And at that moment he still had the complete trust of the president?”
Conway again dodged the question.
Lauer again pressed Conway on the White House, knowing that Flynn had not been truthful for over a month.
“In the end, it was misleading the vice president that made the situation unsustainable,” Conway responded.
Lauer again pointed out that this remark made no sense, as the White House knew about this last month. Lauer seemed stunned that Conway went on air yesterday and said that General Flynn had the complete and full confidence of the president.
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