Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day,” during a heated interview with host Chris Cuomo, White House special counsel Kellyanne Conway said President Donald Trump had spoken with Mitt Romney and that he had “a great relationship with Governor Romney.”
Partial transcript as follows:
CONWAY: Last night the president spoke with Governor Romney and the president says he has a great relationship with Governor Romney. They spoke just last night, late in the night, after the congressional wall here in the White House. They had a wonderful conversation, according to President Trump. They discussed, among other things, what President Trump did the day before in Utah with the national monuments and talking about historic tax cuts and the like.
CUOMO: So it’s not true that the president doesn’t want Romney to take Orrin Hatch’s seat?
CONWAY: I didn’t see Governor Romney file papers to run for Orrin Hatch’s seat. Senator Hatch may run for reelection. The president, as he did with incumbent Luther Strange, he supports — he was supporting an incumbent Republican who has been a reliable vote for their share.
CUOMO: If Orrin Hatch steps away, would he support Romney?
CONWAY: You’re asking me a hypothetical.
CUOMO: You said they have a great relationship. Why wouldn’t I assume the answer would be yes?
CONWAY: Governor Romney may be in public service in many different roles. I just want to make sure that you know the truth coming from the White House. The president of the United States and Governor Romney spoke, I don’t know, 10 hours ago, less than 12 hours ago. And people should know that because otherwise, there’s speculation, hand wringing, about who speaks for the president and who he speaks to.
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