Criticism of President-elect Donald Trump over his reaction to reported meddling by Russia in the election "undercuts" the nation's "peaceful transition," senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.
Bristling during an interview on CBS' "Face The Nation," the former Trump campaign manager pushed back at questions over the CIA's reported secret assessment that Moscow aimed to help Trump's win of the White House and reported in The Washington Post.
When moderator John Dickerson asked whether the transition team's slap at the CIA was "disproportionate" — it released a statement calling the spy agency "the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction" — Conway fumed: "The criticism, the naysayers, the election deniers — that is what is disproportionate."
"It is very unfortunate, it is very unfair," she said. "This is a democracy that deserves a peaceful transition, the election was five weeks ago, practically, and you have people trying to re-litigate it now — through this instance, with allegations, frankly."
Conway argued as well "there does seem to be a lack of certainty among some of these [intelligence] agencies" on the issue of meddling.
But when Dickerson pressed Conway on Trump's reaction that it was "ridiculous" that Russia helped him with the election, commenting, ""That seems to be pretty critical of the idea it is worth looking into," Conway fired back, "let's be fair to him."
"What President-elect Trump said is ridiculous is this idea that it was meant to help him become president of the United States… there is no evidence of that," she said, adding that Trump's "point is that the conclusion all are making, some are making here that the interference went to affecting the relation, election results to defeat election is what he is calling ridiculous…"
And when Dickerson asked about Trump's comment that "it was a laughing point, in other words, the notion that the Russians were involved," Conway retorted:
"What he has said is laughable and ridiculous is this entire notion which people are just using as a foregone conclusion that somehow this was meant to defeat Hillary Clinton and elevate him to the presidency," she responded. "It is … untrue and unfair… people are trying to undercut the election votes…"
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