White House counselor Kellyanne Conway did not categorically deny claims made by an author of a new book about the Trump White House describing her as the “number one leaker” close to the president, but downplayed such statement.
She gave her reaction to such claim in an interview over Fox News. She said: “Leakers get great press, and one day… I will have my say. I really keep my counsel while I’m here because I work in the White House, I’m a government employee, and I’m blessed and privileged to be here.”
Ronald Kessler, author of The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game, claimed on Sunday that Conway is “the number one leaker” of information from the Trump administration and that she often says unfair things about other staffers of the White House.
Kessler even claimed that when he was interviewing Conway, she allegedly forgot that she was on record and “started lashing into Reince Priebus.” He added: “She said the most mean, cutting and obviously untrue things about Reince. I did not include them in the book because they were so unfair.”
Kessler further claimed that other White House colleagues have seen Conway’s texts which she has leaked to journalists. He said those text messages dissed her colleagues and leaked material as well.
Conway countered that President Donald Trump has already identified other former officials as the leakers. She said that now that those officials are gone, there are clearly lesser leaks now. Conway, however, did not name who those former officials are.
Conway added: “[Trump] knows and he has said publicly and privately who the leakers and liars are and have been. Very happy that there’s a lot less leaking in the White House now.”
Kessler also claimed that Conway also lit into Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, saying they leak against Steve Bannon. Conway rejected such allegation as she said that she enjoys a great relationship with the pair, and that she even had dinner with them at their house recently.