Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway Friday night said she takes "complete offense" with comparisons being drawn between the 9/11 attacks and the issue of cyber-attacks and President Donald Trump's reactions following his meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Those who suffered loss on 9/11, those who are gone and those who were killed at Pearl Harbor, my goodness, they are comparing it to this?" Conway told Judge Jeanine Pirro, the guest host on Fox News' "Hannity." "What do the families feel when they hear that? It's completely over the top."
Earlier this week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., commented that the issue of Russia meddling in elections is a "9/11-level national emergency, because our country is under attack, literally."
He also called for subpoenas for the translator that was in the Trump-Putin meeting, along with the national security team that debriefed the president.
Conway Friday night pointed out that Blumenthal represents the people of Connecticut, where residents lost family members in the 9/11 attacks.
In the long run, though, Conway said she's not sure "it really matters" when there are such complaints.
"The president's approval ratings are far higher than Democrats in Congress, than the mainstream media's," said Conway. "I don't think it matters because people curate from each and every event what they think is most important to them."
In addition, presidents over the last 75 years, beginning with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, met with Russian or Soviet leaders.
"He [Trump] is duty-bound to keep us out of war," said Conway. "What is most important to them is that this president and the tradition of the presidents from the last 75 years beginning with Eisenhower met with the leader of the Kremlin. He is duty-bound to keep us out of war. He is trying to forge a conversation on issues that affect both countries and the rest of the world. Korea, Iran, nuclear proliferation, Syria, the Ukraine. So many different issues to discuss with the different heads of countries."
Published at Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:22:01 +0000