Donald Trump is reportedly furious with his former campaign manager now serving as his transition aide, Kellyanne Conway, for her comments on the president-elect’s consideration for Mitt Romney as Secretary of State, suggesting he betrayed his supporters.
On three Sunday news shows, Conway said Romney was “nothing but awful” and questioned his credentials and whether Romney had even voted for Trump. Conway also said Trump’s supporters felt “betrayed” he was even considering the former presidential candidate for the job.
On CNN’s “State of the Union” Conway said:
People … feel betrayed to think that Governor Romney would get the most prominent Cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt Donald Trump.
Earlier in the presidential campaign season, Romney called Trump ” a phony,” “a fake,” and “a fraud” and strongly suggested Trump was not fit to lead.
Aides who spoke with the president-elect told “Morning Joe’s” Mike Brzezinski they were “baffled” by Conway’s comments:
Kellyanne went rogue at Donald Trump’s expense at the worst possible time.
Another Aide close to Trump said Conway’s comments were “dangerous,” adding:
Instead of driving Donald Trump’s message, she’s pushing her own agenda.
Joe Scarborough also pointed out that Conway hadn’t been offered a job with the Trump Administration, and suggested she was mad about it.
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Conway responded on air by calling MSNBC’s coverage “sexist,” saying she could have any job she wants in or out of the Trump transition team.
Joe Scarborough fired back, saying:
Is she suggesting that … the three people at the top of the Trump transition campaign are sexist? Because that’s where all the sourcing comes from.
According to CNBC, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus are also reportedly frustrated with Conway for not being a team player in the transition.
What we’re now seeing is Conway getting a dose of Trump’s extreme allergic reaction to being questioned or dissented against, especially publicly. In Trump’s world, you’re either with him or against him and any flicker of disagreement is met with fury. Trump’s inner circle is always willing to close ranks and shun the dissenter, no matter how loyal that person has been to the campaign.
It’s going to be interesting to watch how this Romney drama unfolds and whether Conway will keep a place close to Trump.
Watch the MSNBC report:
BREAKING – Sources: Trump ‘furious’ over Conway comments about Romney https://t.co/Sd4kogEPGz
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) November 28, 2016