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Conway: Media 'Obsessed' With Covering Trump's Tweets

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By    |   Monday, 05 Jun 2017 08:41 AM

The media is obsessed with covering what President Donald Trump says on Twitter, rather than what he's doing in the White House, counselor Kellyanne Conway insisted Monday morning during a contentious "Today" show interview. 

"President Trump stands firm with the people of the U.K.," Conway told "Today" show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and MSNBC's Craig Melvin Monday, after Trump posted several tweets defending his travel ban and criticizing the Justice Department for going to the Supreme Court with a "watered down, politically correct" version of his executive order.

At one point, the argument between Melvin and Conway became heated, when Conway accused the media of having "this obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter, and very little of what he does as president."

"That's his preferred method of communication with the American people," Melvin told her.

"That's not true," Conway insisted.

"He hasn't given an interview in three weeks," said Melvin. "So lately, that is his preferred method."

In March, Trump told Fox News' Tucker Carlson that he has his "own form of media" through Twitter and other social media sites, claiming he has 100 million social media followers.

On Twitter alone, Trump has just short of 30 million followers on his personal account and more than 17 million on his presidential account.

Conway and Guthrie also argued over whether Trump should apologize to London Mayor Sadiq Khan for a Twitter attack on the mayor's statements following the weekend attack on London Bridge.

Khan, the first Muslim elected to head a major Western capital, had commented that Britons should not be alarmed to see more police on the streets of London following the attack. Trump tweeted in response that with at "least seven dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'"

Guthrie asked Conway if Trump should apologize to Khan for misquoting him, but Conway said the media instead should focus on the growing terror attacks in Europe and England.

"You want to make this about something other than what it's about," said Conway. 

Following the interview, Conway slammed Guthrie on Twitter for asking if Trump should apologize: 

She also tweeted that it's more important to act in cases of potential terrorism:

Conway on Monday also discussed former FBI Director James Comey's upcoming Senate testimony and refused to rule out whether Trump will use executive privilege to keep the fired official from speaking.

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