- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 14, 2019

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway slammed CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer during an interview Thursday when the conversation turned toward her husband’s criticisms of President Trump.

The senior Trump administration official said she was “embarrassed” for the longtime news broadcaster after he brought up remarks her husband, George Conway, made a day earlier.

“What you just quoted is said every single day by other voices, but you wanted to put it in my husband’s voice because you think somehow that that will help your ratings or that you’re really sticking it to Kellyanne Conway,” the White House counselor reacted.

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“I think you embarrassed yourself, and I’m embarrassed for you, because this is CNN now?” Ms. Conway continued “I looked up to you when I was in college and law school. I would turn on CNN to see what Wolf Blitzer had to say about war, famine, disruption abroad. I really respected you for all those years as somebody who would give us the news, and now it’s what somebody’s husband says.”

Mr. Conway, an attorney highly critical of Mr. Trump, had discussed the president during an interview on MSNBC a day earlier as part of the network’s coverage of the first day of public impeachment proceedings playing out in the House of Representatives.

“The problem with Donald Trump is he always sees himself first,” Mr. Conway said in a clip later shown on CNN. “And that’s what this is all about. He was using the power of the presidency in its most unchecked area – foreign affairs –to advance his own personal interests as opposed to the country’s.”

Mr. Blitzer defended playing the interview when confronted by Ms. Conway and compared it to CNN’s past coverage of the relationship between Democratic strategist James Carville and Republican consultant Mary Matalin.

“He happens to be married to you,” said Mr. Blitzer. “But he’s also a legal scholar. He’s got a substantive point.”

“That is his opinion,” Ms. Conway reacted to her husband’s comment.

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