By Andrew C. McCarthyJanuary 27, 2019 7:22amPresident Donald Trump’s relationship with the media is in a state of constant flux, as the president and his aides try to get his message across and manage his growing personal and political capital.
With the president having been under siege for the past year over allegations of sexual misconduct, the focus has shifted to his personal relationships with members of the media, particularly with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
The Trump White House has been in turmoil since the inauguration of Donald Trump, who is now in the midst of an investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, and the president’s feud with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has refused to resign, even as Trump has sought to make Ryan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives look bad.
With that backdrop in mind, some of Trump’s most trusted aides have tried to deflect criticism that he is a “fake president,” and have argued that he has been the most successful president in history.
For example, Kellyanne Conway, the president-elect’s campaign manager, told Fox News last month that she believes the media has given Trump “a lot of credit” for his success, even though she had not personally run for president.
“The media has done an incredible job.
And it is a wonderful thing.
But it has been an amazing, wonderful job for him,” Conway said.
“But you know, you have a president that has done so many things that people have not seen in decades.
And I think that’s a real credit.”
Conway went on to explain that she has had “many conversations with many people who have been on the ground” during the campaign and in the administration about the importance of media coverage to voters.
“And I think the media does a great job,” Conway continued.
“I have many conversations with people who are on the air and on the record with me and I think we’ve all seen it and we’ve seen it.”
While the media’s criticism has largely focused on Trump’s tweets, which have not been very good, Conway’s defense of his actions in office has been particularly strong.
“I think it’s very important to remember that the president has done things that are extraordinary in the history of the presidency.
And that the American people and the American press have done an extraordinary job of covering him and covering the presidency,” she said.
The president has been criticized by many outlets for his treatment of women, but he has defended his behavior as a “great president,” calling the criticism a “witch hunt.”
Despite those comments, the media and some Republican members of Congress have been trying to make it clear that their support for Trump is more about protecting him than it is about protecting the country.
The backlash has been especially fierce among women, who have criticized the president for his alleged behavior and even his wives.
During a joint appearance with Vice President Mike Pence at a Christmas Eve dinner in February, Trump’s first female chief of staff, Karen Hughes, said, “This president has made a mockery of women.
This president has put them to shame.”
And in the past month, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) of Tennessee, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has said that the GOP must fight for Trump, and not for the women of the country who are upset about his behavior.
Blackburn said, during a panel discussion hosted by the Washington Examiner, that the only way to change Trump is for the president to stop trying to intimidate women, and instead work to support them and make sure they get equal rights.
“That is the way to fight for the good of the whole country, not just the women.
And if we are going to have women in our country, then we are all in this together,” Blackburn said.
In his interview with Fox News, Conway also acknowledged that her comments on the sexual harassment allegations were inaccurate, and that her statements were not a “bigoted statement” but rather a “careful assessment of the situation.”
“We have a lot of men that are very powerful in the world,” she told Fox.
“And I don’t think it should be a bigoted statement.”
But in a statement to The Washington Post, Conway defended her statements, saying that her remarks were “not meant to be personal.”
She also noted that her family has a history of defending the president, and has also defended his decision to fire James Comey, a man she once called a “bad guy” who was investigating the president.
Conway also reiterated her defense of Trump, which has been characterized by critics as “bollocks” and “a pathetic excuse for a president.”
The president’s chief of campaign and communications, Kellyn Needham, also said on Fox that the media should be “fooled” into thinking that the Trump presidency is