Two top sources with the president-elect’stransition team have revealed that Donald Trump is “furious” with his top aide, Kellyanne Conway, for her recent comments suggesting the Republican “betrayed” his supporters by considering Mitt Romney for a position in his cabinet.
Sources within the transition team told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” they are “baffled” by Conway’s comments Sunday regarding the former Massachusetts governor, and her interviews with news outlets escalate concerns that she’s “pushing her own agenda” instead of spreading Trump’s message.
Another source said the comments are “dangerous.”
Conway appearedon CNN Sunday morning, where she questioned Romney’s qualifications for the job of secretary of state, and divulged her personal opposition to the former governor, as well.
“Gov. Romney for the past four years ― has he been around the globe doing something for the United States of which we are unaware? Did he go and intervene in Syria where they are having a massive humanitarian crisis?” Conway asked.
The top aide also suggested Trump’s grassroots supporters would be concerned with the president-elect nominating a man who was fiercely critical of him during the primary election season.
Top officials in Trump’s cabinet have also taken notice of Conway’s words, MSNBC reported.
Incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus and incoming chief strategist Stephen Bannon have reportedly grown “frustrated byKellyanneConway’s failure to become a team player in a transition process where the top players are forming a tight-knit group around the president-elect,” MikaBrzezinski said in the morning newscast.
“Morning Joe’s” senior producer tweeted Monday after the broadcast that a Conway called the show’s reporting “false” and “sexist.”
Kellyanne Conway responds to @Morning_Joe reporting, calling it “false” & “sexist”
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) November 28, 2016
Romney made a blistering speech about the then-candidate in March, calling Trump’s policies “flimsy,” his business acumen nonexistent and charging that “dishonesty” was the hallmark of his campaign.
Trump fired back: “Mitt is indeed a choke artist. He choked like I’ve never seen anyone choke. Other than Rubio.”
The two met in Bedminster, New Jersey, earlier this month, as Trump held meetings with cabinet hopefuls. The transition team later provided a readout, calling their meeting “an extremely positive and productive conversation.”
And Priebus, outgoing chairman of the Republican National Committee, told Fox News Sunday that the president-elect is going through the process of interviewing prospective candidates, including Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and will “put the best possible people together for all Americans.”
As for whether he thinks Romney owes Trump an apology, Priebus wouldn’t comment.