- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Kellyanne Conway, a key adviser to Donald Trump’s transistion team, says the general election “was not close” and the president-elect has a “mandate” to carry out the will of the people on issues ranging from Obamacare to national security.

“This election was not close. It was not a squeaker,” Mrs. Conway said on “Fox News Sunday.” “There is a mandate there, and there is a mandate for his 100-day agenda, as well.”

Mr. Trump is trailing in the popular vote to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But Ms. Conway interpreted Republican majorities in Congress as a sign that people are tired of divided government and want action on the most pressing issues of the day.

“And I’ve got to tell you, Chris, the voters have also said stop hiding behind divided government, for both sides and both the legislative and the executive branch,” she told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “Stop using the excuse that you don’t have one-party rule where you can actually get things done. That excuse has been removed, and I think you’re going to see him take some significant action on Obamacare and on these other issues that he has talked about, like tax reform and defeating radical Islamic terrorism, certainly energy and infrastructure investments, educational opportunities.”

After meeting with President Obama, Mr. Trump appeared to moderate his tone on repealing the president’s signature health care law, telling The Wall Street Journal that it would be either amended or repealed and replaced.

Ms. Conway said the real estate magnate was simply trying to be “respectful” to the outgoing president.

“I believe President-elect Trump is being properly respectful to President Obama,” she said. “That is obviously his signature domestic legislative achievement, as you hear President Obama say it.”

• Bradford Richardson can be reached at brichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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