Aide denies Trump 'furious' with Conway over Romney comments

Aide denies Trump 'furious' with Conway over Romney comments
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE’s spokesman on Monday refuted reports that the president-elect is “furious” with top aide Kellyanne Conway over her public criticism of possible secretary of State pick Mitt Romney.

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"Kellyanne chatted with the president-elect in advance of going out and offering her comments and asked her permission if it was OK to go and voice her opinions in the matter and he said go for it,” Jason Miller said Monday on Fox News’s “The Kelly File.”

“And I think that’s one of the great things about this White House is the president-elect and our future president will take in a number of different viewpoints and opinions and then he’ll form his own decision and decide how he wants to go forward.”

On Sunday, Conway publicly aired her concerns about the 2012 GOP nominee, who is being considered for secretary of State. She questioned Romney’s loyalty because he was a vocal opponent of Trump during the campaign. 

According to MSNBC, Trump was reportedly “furious” over Conway’s comments about Romney. Sources told the network that high-ranking aides were also frustrated that she isn’t being a team player and is “pushing her own agenda.” 

But other reports have emerged pushing back on that narrative, and Conway herself said in an interview on Monday that her boss is aware of where she stands and that he encourages a difference in opinion especially to help him make decisions.

“The president-elect would never need to turn on a TV station to find out how I feel about anything or anyone — he would already know it,” Conway told The New York Times in a telephone interview on Monday. “It would be a mistake to think that I communicate with him through the TV.” 

In a statement on Monday night, Trump backed up Miller’s story, saying that Conway came to him before discussing her thoughts on top U.S. diplomat post and that he encouraged her to go public. 

“Kellyanne came to me and asked whether or not she could go public with her thoughts on the matter. I encouraged her to do so,” Trump said in the statement.

“Most importantly she fully acknowledged there is only one person that makes the decision. She has always been a tremendous asset and that will continue.”