Conway to CNN host: Why can't you give Trump the benefit of the doubt?

Kellyanne Conway asked CNN host Chris Cuomo why he refuses to give President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE “the benefit of the doubt” when Trump says he did not mock a disabled reporter during the presidential campaign.

The comments from Conway, who will serve as a counselor to Trump in the White House, follow critical remarks by actress Meryl Streep of Trump at the Golden Globes award ceremony Sunday night. Streep's comments were viral fodder on social media. 


"Why can't you give him the benefit of the doubt, the way the benefit of the doubt was given to CNN’s polling, all of its analysts, everybody in the word saying…” Conway said to CNN host Chris Cuomo during an appearance on “New Day.”

“That is not what he did and he has said that a thousand times, as he tweeted out today, he has said a hundred times,” Conway said. 

"You always want to go by what’s come out of his mouth rather than look at what’s in his heart," she later added.


Without referring to Trump by name, Streep said his performance had "stunned" her.

"Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did his job," said Streep, who went on to rip the president-elect for imitating New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

Trump responded to Streep’s speech Monday morning, calling the actress “over-rated” and “a Hillary flunky.”

“For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him.......’groveling’ when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!” Trump wrote on Twitter.