Trump aide Kellyanne Conway was interviewed for NBC’s “Meet the Press” program for 10 minutes by host Chuck Todd. Only one minute of the 10-minute conversation made it to the broadcast on January 8.

The network came under immediate criticism by President-elect Donald Trump, who posted his dismay on Twitter. He wrote: “Kellyanne Conway went to @MeetThePress this morning for an interview with @chucktodd. Dishonest media cut out 9 of her 10 minutes. Terrible!” Conway was recently appointed as Counselor to the President by Trump.

When Todd asked Conway about reports of Russian influence on the election, she responded, "I told you earlier and I'll repeat it now,. He's not the president yet. All of you insist one president at a time. ... When he becomes president and meets with his security intelligence team, he as President Trump will make a decision on what to do."
 
"There is no evidence that Russia succeeded iin an alleged attempt to disrupt our democracy or, in fact, to influence the election results," she said.

On “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union” she refused reports that Russia influenced the outcome of the presidential election. She told Jake Tapper that "Russia, China and others" have attempted to hack the websites and communications of government and political groups in the United States. Moreover, despite intimations on the part of Democrats and other critics of Donald Trump, she said that those countries did not affect the outcome of the November election.

“Any attempt, any aspiration to influence our election failed. They were not successful in doing that," Conway said. When Tapper played several video clips in which Trump mentioned WikiLeaks -- the transparency organization that circulated embarrassing emails from within the Clinton campaign -- he asserted that Trump was thus seeking to affect the election. Conway responded, "Well, it had an effect on his debate answer." She added, "And it had an effect on the Clinton campaign because it was quite embarrassing to watch a host of advisers question her judgment, question whether she would ever find her voice ... why she was testing 84 slogans to find out who she was and what she'd run on -- this guy had 'make America great again' and never changed."

She referred to one of a number of revelations contained in the emails, which included slurs on religious groups. "I know that's very embarrassing. I'm sure Dems calling Chelsea Clinton a spoiled brat -- that's very uncomfortable,” Conway said. “But that's what was hacked," she said. "The (Republican National Committee) -- apparently there was an attempted hack on the RNC, I'm informed but they had sufficient cybersecurity firewalls in place."

Conway pointed out that the Obama administration and Democrats are complaining about the Russian hacks only since Clinton lost the election. "Everything changed when the election result was not what they had anticipated," she said. The Democrats and the Clinton campaign have not disputed the contents of the hacked emails, which included emails sent and received by campaign director John Podesta.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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