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Conway: Giuliani 'Possibly' Under Consideration for Director of National Intelligence

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Tuesday, 22 November 2016 09:32 AM

Kellyanne Conway, senior advisor to President-elect Donald Trump, confirmed that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is "possibly" under consideration to become Director of National Intelligence, but emphasized it will be up to Trump to make the eventual decision, not Giuliani.

"It's not up to the mayor," Conway told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, which has been questioning the former mayor's capabilities to fill the position of secretary of state.

According to reports, Giuliani and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney — a fierce critic of Trump's during this year's election — are topping Trump's list of potential candidates for the cabinet seat.

According to an NBC News report, Giuliani is instead under consideration for the DNI slot, making the report two days after Romney met with Trump at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey on Saturday.

Also on Tuesday, Conway denied reports from the New York Post that a Monday meeting between television news network executives and several of the nation's top news anchors was a "firing squad," characterizing it instead as a "very lively and spirited exchange."

"I have a different view of the meeting having sat there and helped organize it," said Conway. "From my perspective, it's simple. President Trump and the media have to share joint custody of the nation and its people for the next four years, and it's highly productive in everybody's interest to find a way to do that."

Trump received an "unprecedented deluge of criticism," said Conway, but he and the press will have to "find a way to mutually assure non-destruction."

The session included NBC's Deborah Turness, Lester Holt and Chuck Todd; ABC's James Goldston, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Martha Raddatz; CBS' Norah O'Donnell, John Dickerson, Charlie Rose, Christopher Isham and King; Fox News' Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace and Suzanne Scott; MSNBC's Phil Griffin, and CNN's Jeff Zucker and Erin Burnett.

Further, she said there was a "receiving line" for Steve Bannon, the ex-Breitbart News executive-turned-Trump chief advisor.

"Many people wanted to meet him, and talk to him, and make eye contact and exchange business cards," she said. "That's a fact. There was a lot of congenial conversation outside of the room where we were, and nobody left in a huff and nobody called me and complained."

She also denied there was a contentious argument between Trump and Zucker over how CNN had treated him during the election.

"I sat between the two of them, and that's just false," said Conway. "That's false. It was an amazing meeting. After the meeting Jeff [Zucker] and Donald Trump went back up to Trump's office, because CNN was taking pictures."

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