Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, on Friday morning defended the President-elect’s decision to stay on as an executive producer of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” comparing the move to President Obama’s time playing golf.
“He’s a very transparent guy. Everyone can see what he’s doing and the fact is that he is conferring with all types of experts to tell him what he is allowed to do and not to do as president of the United States. And if this is one of the approved activities, then he will perhaps consider staying on,” Conway said on CNN’s “New Day” when first asked why Trump won’t completely leave his reality television show.
Co-host Alisyn Camerota noted to Conway that any time Trump spends working for “The Apprentice” is time away from his presidential duties.
“Well, okay, but were we so concerned about the hours and hours and hours spent on the golf course of the current president?” Conway asked in response. “I mean, the presidents have a right to do things in their spare time or their leisure time. Nobody objects to that.”
Camerota pointed out that conservatives have criticized Obama for spending time playing golf and asked if Trump would also continue to play golf.
“Well, maybe he will be. It certainly seems like there’s a lot of time to do it, based on recent precedent, while you’re president of the United States. But the point is the same, that these — whether it’s President Obama or President Donald Trump, the idea that these men are going to be all work and nothing else all the time, it’s just unrealistic because it’s never happened in our lifetimes,” Conway replied.
She touted Trump as a hard worker and said that “if the lawyers and the protocol officers say that he can do that, then he probably is going to say why not.”
When asked if Trump would make money staying on as an executive producer of “The Apprentice,” Conway said she was unsure.