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- Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, was reportedly in the process of looking for high-profile on-air media positions ahead of the 2016 election because she was sure Trump would lose.
- Like much of the Trump campaign team, Conway seemed to be looking forward to a relatively stress-free future after the election.
- Conway reportedly looked to blame Trump’s would-be loss on Republican National Committee Reince Priebus.
Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway was reportedly interviewing for post-election positions in cable news ahead of the 2016 election in the belief that Trump was doomed to lose the race, according a newly published report based on excerpts from journalist Michael Wolff’s upcoming book on the Trump White House.
The report, published in New York Magazine, claims that Conway was actively searching for an on-air position in cable news before the election, because she, like the rest of the Trump team, was convinced he would not win the election.
She reportedly spent Election Day calling media figures and political allies to blame what she believed would be an impending electoral loss on then-chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus.
Priebus went on to become Trump’s chief of staff after his inauguration, before being replaced by General John Kelly in July.
According to the report, everyone on Trump’s team, including former chief strategist Steve Bannon, had a future in mind following what they believed would be Trump’s inevitable loss – the Trump family would become even more internationally famous than they already were, and Bannon looked ready to position himself as the head of the Tea Party movement.
Upon learning of Trump’s win, Trump’s team was reportedly stunned. Trump himself looked like he had seen a ghost, according to Wolff. And despite tweets from Trump to the contrary, the report claims that First Lady Melania Trump burst into tears.
The White House pushed back against the claims about Melania.
“This book is clearly going to be sold in the bargain fiction section,” Stephanie Grisham, communications director for the first lady, said in a statement. “Mrs. Trump supported her husband’s decision to run for president and in fact, encouraged him to do so. She was confident he would win and was very happy when he did.”