Conway Blames Media for Trump's London Tweet Controversy

The senior adviser criticized media's 'obsession' with Twitter
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2017 5:24 PM CDT
Conway Blames Media for Trump's London Tweet Controversy
Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, speaks during an interview outside the White House.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump had choice words on Twitter for London Mayor Sadiq Khan following Saturday’s London Bridge terror attack, but senior adviser Kellyanne Conway doesn’t think an apology is needed … from Trump, at least. Instead, Conway blasted the media for its "obsession" over Trump’s tweets, reports Politico, when she was asked by Savannah Guthrie on Today whether the president’s Twitter tirade merited an apology. “I'm going to not let him be seen as the perpetrator here,” said the senior adviser, reports the Washington Post. Conway went on to claim that the media’s coverage of Trump’s tweets redirects blame onto the president. “So, we've got the 23rd ISIS-inspired or -directed attack, taking innocent lives … and we want to know, we want to put some blameworthiness here on President Trump?” she said. “I'm just not going to allow it.”

Guthrie’s question stemmed from Trump’s open criticism on social media of Kahn’s message to Londoners: “You will see an increased police presence today, including armed officers and uniformed officers. There is no reason to be alarmed by this.” Critics panned Trump for taking the quote out of context when he wrote, “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" The president went on to tweet about the importance of US security, referencing the travel ban he’s struggled to implement. Kellyanne Conway's husband George Conway jumped into the fray Monday on Twitter when he wrote that though the president’s posts “may make some ppl feel better,” they won't help in terms of getting the travel ban restored by the Supreme Court, the Washington Post reports. He later clarified that he still supports Trump. (More Kellyanne Conway stories.)

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