'You just want that to go viral': Kellyanne Conway and Jake Tapper go toe-to-toe on Trump's shifting statements in the Stormy Daniels saga

Screenshot via CNN.comKellyanne Conway appears on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ May 6, 2018.
  • Kellyanne Conway dodged questions about President Donald Trump’s credibility during her Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union”.
  • When pressed on the president’s apparent dishonesty by host Jake Tapper, Conway deflected to recent policy developments.
  • It’s the latest in a string of interviews where Conway and Tapper have gone toe-to-toe in the last two years.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway dodged questions about President Donald Trump’s issues with credibility in a tense exchange on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Host Jake Tapper pressed Conway on Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s on-air admission last week that Trump had “reimbursed” his attorney Michael Cohen for the $US130,000 hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump had repeatedly denied that he knew about the payment or its purpose.

Conway backed off addressing Giuliani’s bombshell revelation, saying she couldn’t comment because of her “limited visibility in legal matters and big visibility in policy portfolio.”

“A lot of Americans agree, and I hear from people who vote for Donald Trump regularly that they just want the guy to be able to have the space to do his job,” Conway said.

“Do you think his job includes lying to the American people?” Tapper asked. “Because he continues to do so.”

“You just want that to go viral, you want to say ‘President Trump’ and ‘lying’ in the same sentence,” Conway said.

“I want him to stop lying,” Tapper answered.

Tapper also pushed back when Conway deflected with a reference to 20,000 new jobs Apple announced in January and Trump tax reform supporter, Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“I understand you don’t want to address the president’s credibility,” Tapper interrupted.

“I already talked about it for five minutes,” Conway replied.

Conway said Trump denying knowledge of the hush payments referred to not knowing at the time the payment occurred – not at the time when the question was asked – which she said she clarified with Trump in private this weekend.

She pushed back on Tapper’s questions about the timeline of Trump’s comments on the payments, saying “everybody has an idea about how the president should speak, the words he should use.”

“Honestly. He should speak honestly,” Tapper replied.

Conway’s last appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” went off the rails when host Dana Bash asked about her husband’s anti-Trump Twitter activity.

Watch a clip of the interview below:

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