Trump spoke with “Fox & Friends” on Friday about the Office of Special Counsel’s recommendation for Conway’s termination.
“Well I got briefed on it yesterday and it looks to me like they are trying to take away her right of free speech, and that’s just not fair,” he said when asked how he will handle the recommendation.
Trump tried to argue that the requirement for Conway to refrain from overtly political conduct while working in her role at the White House was unduly burdensome:
“You ask them a question, or you ask a person a question and every time you are supposed to say, ‘I can’t answer, I can’t answer?’ I mean, she’s got to have a right of responding to questions. It really sounds to me like a free speech thing.”
“It doesn’t sound fair,” he said, vowing to look at the issue “very carefully.”
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But Trump seems to have already made up his mind, waving off any concerns about the repeated Hatch Act violations outlined by the OSC.
“No, I’m not going to fire her,” Trump said when pressed further about how he will handle the recommendation. “I think she’s a terrific person, she’s tremendous spokesperson, she’s been loyal, she’s just a great person.”
“Based on what I saw yesterday how could you do that?”
The president argued that Conway’s comments are a free speech issue, and wouldn’t give a direct answer when asked if he would ask Conway to refrain from further criticizing political candidates in the future. Trump argued that Conway should be allowed to respond in a situation where former Vice President Joe Biden criticizes the president.
“But it seems to me to be very unfair,” he added. “It’s called freedom of speech.”