'What message would it send to feminists if I resign?' - Conway
White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway said yesterday that her husband, who has been publicly trading insults with US President Donald Trump, would like her to resign but that she has no intention of doing so.
"What message would that send to the feminists everywhere who pretend they're independent thinkers and men don't make decisions for them?" Ms Conway said during a morning television appearance. "They can talk it, and I can walk it. I can live it."
Ms Conway's comments on Fox Business Network came a day after Mr Trump called conservative lawyer George Conway a "wack job" and a "husband from hell" who is hurting his family.
Mr Conway, a persistent critic of the president, has spent the last several days on social media suggesting Mr Trump's mental condition is deteriorating - and he continued to do so in a series of tweets yesterday morning.
Ms Conway told Fox host Maria Bartiromo that Mr Trump continues to be supportive of her.
"He's protective of me, and that's what people should really take from this," Ms Conway said.
"I'm not being asked to choose between my marriage and my job."
"The president has never made me feel that way," she added.
Ms Conway said that she can "appreciate" Mr Trump's efforts to defend himself against her husband and she has been surprised her husband has chosen to air his concerns about Mr Trump so publicly.
"I was raised... in a household of strong Italian Catholic women who taught me that you air grievances like that in private, so it is very surprising to see it be so public."
She said that she and her husband have "certainly had those conversations" about his tweeting, and suggested that the media is giving him too much attention.
"I don't know when the feminists are going to write the story about the unusual situation of a man getting power through his wife, but that's what we have here," she said.
Ms Conway acknowledged that it's an unusual situation for a president to be engaged in a public dispute with the spouse of one of his top aides.
"It's not just unusual, it's unusual for George, who people know as a very private person, who really hasn't weighed in on many matters over the years," Ms Conway said. (© Washington Post)