Bill O’Reilly: TV appearances could be hurting Trump officials

Trump administration officials need to be more disciplined in their television appearances, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday, arguing that their frequent presence on news shows stirs controversy.

“It seems every time someone from the Trump administration goes on television, there’s controversy,” O’Reilly said, pointing to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s regular appearances on network news as a flashpoint.

“What I don’t think the Trump administration is understanding is everything they say can and will be used against them,” he added.

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O’Reilly also said that White House officials need to recognize that, with every television news appearance, they will be “attacked,” adding, "except 'Fox & Friends,' they like you a little bit."

Conway is among President Trump’s most high-profile aides, known for her almost-daily TV appearances defending the president’s actions and policies.

But those appearances have also stirred controversy, O’Reilly said, pointing to the senior aide’s Tuesday morning appearance on NBC’s “Today,” during which host Matt Lauer hammered Conway on an apparent reversal in her comments about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

“I think the messaging has to be a little more disciplined,” O’Reilly said.