Top Trump Adviser Says Untrue Remarks Aren’t More Important Than True Ones

AP

Top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s many unsubstantiated and false statements by suggesting that they are less important than the “many things he says that are true.”

“There was an article in the Daily Caller this week, which I commend to everyone, which basically says the media’s errors are starting to pile up and the Trump administration — it lists six or seven things that were said as fact that are just wrong and people had to retract them,” Conway said in an interview on CNN’s “The Lead.”

Conway called it “human nature.”

“How about the President’s statements, Kellyanne, that are false?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked. “Like, the murder rate is the highest it’s been in almost half a century? False. How about the fact that the media doesn’t report on terrorist attacks? False. I mean, you can talk about some jerk with some website making a mistake or almost making a mistake.”

“Well, he’s not a jerk. He’s a friend of ours,” Conway interjected.

“You can talk about somebody almost making a mistake and not doing it,” Tapper said. “I’m talking about the President of the United States saying things that are not true, demonstrably not true. That is important.”

“Are they more important than the many things that he says that are true that are making a difference in people’s lives?” Conway replied.

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