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‘Morning Joe’ bans Trump aide Kellyanne Conway

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2/15/2017 MEERA JAGANNATHAN

They’ll just have to book alternative guests.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway is no longer welcome on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski declared Wednesday — blasting the Trump aide as “not credible anymore.”

“At times in recent days, Kellyanne Conway has struggled to be on the same page, to say the least, as the rest of the staff in the White House,” Brzezinski said, citing Conway’s contradictory TV interviews on short-lived national security adviser Michael Flynn’s exit.

“We know for a fact that she tries to book herself on this show — I won’t do it. Because I don’t believe in fake news, or information that is not true ... every time I’ve ever seen her on television, something’s askew, off or incorrect.”

Co-host Joe Scarborough, echoing an argument he’d made on the show one day earlier, added that Conway was “out of the loop” and not privy to “key meetings” in the White House.

“She’s not briefed,” Scarborough said, dialing back a previous assertion that Conway “lies.” “She’s just saying things just to get in front of the TV set and prove her relevance, because behind the scenes, she’s not in these meetings.”

In case the hosts’ policy on Conway wasn’t abundantly clear, Brzezinski later spelled it out: “Kellyanne Conway does not need to text our show, at least as long as I’m on it,” she stated flatly. “Because it’s not happening here.”

“Morning Joe” — reportedly part of President Trump’s cable news diet — isn’t the only TV presence to sour on Conway. CNN passed on booking her one Sunday earlier this month over “credibility” concerns.

Conway famously coined the phrase “alternative facts” last month when faced with easily disprovable falsehoods about President Trump’s inauguration crowd size. Weeks later, she cited an imaginary “Bowling Green massacre” to justify the President’s travel ban on seven majority-Muslim countries.

Kellyanne Conway “does not need to text our show,” Mika Brzezinski said Wednesday. - Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images © Provided by New York Daily News Kellyanne Conway “does not need to text our show,” Mika Brzezinski said Wednesday. - Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Amid a barrage of negative headlines Tuesday — Matt Lauer, in a tough “Today” show interview, insisted Conway’s narrative on Flynn “makes no sense,” and the government ethics watchdog called for a White House investigation into her advertising Ivanka Trump’s fashion line on TV last week — the counselor stayed positive on Twitter.

“I serve at the pleasure of @POTUS. His message is my message. His goals are my goals,” she wrote. “Uninformed chatter doesn’t matter.”

Conway’s account also shared an encouraging tweet from a white nationalist fan Tuesday afternoon, replying, “Love you back.” She later claimed she didn’t know who had accessed her account.


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