A scheduled 18-minute bout turned into a commercial-free 36-minute slugfest that spilled online, with the counselor to president tweeting: “Here’s how you and I are different: you want to talk about Russia; I want to talk about America.”
Smiling throughout, Conway rebutted Cuomo over differing statements by Donald Trump Jr. over his pre-election meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer.
Cuomo raised the credibility issue, telling Conway that “there are huge legal and ethical implications” to Trump Jr.’s choice to speak with a Russian in hopes of getting opposition research.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) July 10, 2017
“I’m not going to agree with you on that,” Conway said. “You keep on saying ‘opposition research’ the way you guys constantly vomit words like ‘collusion’ and ‘Russian interference’ and ‘affecting the election,’ for all of which you have no evidence.”
London’s Daily Mail covered the exchange like a heavyweight bout, saying: “Cuomo talked over Conway throughout the interview, prompting her to declare then that the CNN host should let her know when she’s allowed to speak again.
“When Cuomo wouldn’t let her talk, Conway laughed and said his name a couple of times in a sing-songy voice as she tried to get his attention.
“‘You wanted to produce something because you’re invested in months now as a network in something that simply doesn’t exist,’ she finally said, trying to lump the story about Don Jr. in with other charges of Russian collusion that have not panned out.”
Fighting words continued on Twitter:
Chris Cuomo to Kellyanne Conway: “If you want flattery, there’s another channel that can give you that”
— Steve Loiaconi (@sloiaconi) July 10, 2017
Nice try Kellyanne Conway, but it looks like your bs did not fly with Chris Cuomo is a lot smarter than you. Oops. I forgot honest!
— Robert (@menumag333) July 10, 2017
Watching this Cuomo-Conway interview like… pic.twitter.com/RCnfqar3DM
— Shawn Reynolds (@ShawnWTVM9) July 10, 2017
— Stephen Douglas (@restless94110) July 10, 2017