Kellyanne Conway Disputes MSNBC Hosts' Claim That She Disliked Trump During the Campaign: ‘I Respect Him’

Melanie Arter
By Melanie Arter | May 17, 2017 | 10:38 AM EDT

In a Twitter post on Tuesday, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway defended herself from accusations by the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” – Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough – who claimed that during the election, Conway complained that she only took the job as then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager for the money and that she disliked him.

During Monday’s show, Brzenzinki said Conway “would get off the air, the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be taken off, and she would say ‘Blech, I need to take a shower,’ because she disliked her candidate so much.”

“‘But first I have to take a shower, because it feels so dirty to be saying what I’m saying,’” Brzezinski said about Conway’s attitude during the campaign. “I guess she’s just used to it now.”

“The hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe have become virulent critics of the President and those close to him. Ignoring insults and insinuations is a valuable skill. But when sentiments are attributed to me that are not true, it is necessary to respond,” Conway tweeted. “My beliefs, commitments and loyalties are plain to see.

“The notion that I am serving for ‘the money’ or a ‘paycheck’ is absurd. As campaign manager, I made a fraction of what other consultants have made on unsuccessful presidential campaigns. Then I walked away from dozens of opportunities for millions of dollars, and instead walked into the White House. I would do it again,” Conway added.

“It is a privilege to assist President Trump in the White House, just as it was during the campaign. I know him, I respect him, I believe in him, and I am confident in his capacity to be a transformative and successful President,” she concluded.

The video of the Brzenzinski and Scarborough’s comments  - titled “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” were removed from MSNBC’s website.