U.S. President Donald Trump refused to row back on his feud with White House aide Kellyanne Conway’s spouse on Wednesday, calling George Conway a “husband from hell” and prompting Conway to renew his accusation that Trump was mentally unfit for his office.
“The president seems determined to prove the point I’ve been making,” Conway told Reuters in response to the president’s latest Twitter broadside.
Of all the brawls Trump has waded into, his back-and-forth with Conway, a lawyer who specializes in litigation, has been one of the more eyebrow-raising in Washington.
Trump relied heavily on Kellyanne Conway, a longtime Republican pollster and strategist, to help steer his presidential campaign to victory in 2016. She is a trusted member of his White House inner circle.
In a tweet, Trump wrote that George Conway was upset that he did not get a job in the Trump administration.
But the Washington Post quoted Conway – who is with New York-based law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz – as saying he turned down an offer to head the Justice Department’s Civil Division.
In a morning tweet, Trump wrote, “George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted. I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
Asked about George Conway by reporters on the White House South Lawn on Wednesday, Trump used colorful language.
“I don’t know him. He’s a whack job. There’s no question about it. I think he’s doing a tremendous disservice to a wonderful wife,” he said.
Trump has been expressing irritation with Conway since the lawyer’s recent suggestion the president was suffering from a mental condition such as narcissistic personality disorder and was unfit to serve as president.