When Donald Trump and Kellyanne Conway finally got on the phone after the release of their 500+ page memoir, “That’s the deal‘ Trump’s 2016 campaign manager had a simple question for the former president: ‘Doorstop or showstopper?’
For most Trump advisers, such a question would have only further strained their relationship with the president. Conway’s question finally came after Trump was reportedly “angry,” according to a source close to Trump.
But that wasn’t Trump’s reaction, and it wasn’t the tone he used during this conversation with Conway. “It’s pretty good,” he said. “Yeah, pretty good. We did a lot of great things together.”
The call followed Trump’s note about Conway’s book, which he posted on his social media platform Truth Social on May 26. (This account was relayed to The Daily Beast by a source familiar with the conversation.)
That source and another source told The Daily Beast that before reading the book, Trump plans to issue a “positive” and “glowing” press release touting not only Conway but also their long-term relationship.
Instead, Trump issued a stinging attack.
“Kellyanne Conway never told me she thought we lost the election,” Trump wrote. “If she had I wouldn’t have bothered with her anymore – she would have been wrong – could go back to her crazy husband.”
“Writing books can make people say some very strange things,” he continued.
One of the sources close to Trump said Conway’s tough and blunt position that the 2020 election was not “stolen” particularly struck a nerve. “I was perhaps the first person Donald Trump trusted in his inner circle to tell him he had come up short this time,” Conway wrote in her book.
But for all the drama Conway’s book caused, those close to Trump say the frustration with his former adviser didn’t last.
“Kellyanne occupies unique and prime properties in Donald Trump’s legacy and heart, and that’s why they are in regular contact,” one of the sources familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast.
Apparently Trump feels the same way.
“I have a very good relationship with Kellyanne,” the former president told The Daily Beast through a spokesman on Friday night. Trump did not address a number of other questions pertaining to this story.
According to a third source, Trump and Conway remain “closely linked.” Conway, said this person, has a way of understanding the former President.
(For her part, Conway declined to comment on this story.)
Nonetheless, Conway has once again found a way to thread a needle that few in the Trumpworld have been able to: write a book that people bought and stay in Trump’s good graces.
Her semi-ebullient tome on the Trump presidency made it to the top The New York Times’ bestseller list without the coveted Trump endorsement, and she’s scored guest spots on Fox News, The vieweven the Trump taunt Daily show.
And yet, even after Conway wrote about losing the election, considered quitting in the final stages of the 2016 election, and attacked his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, she’s still close to Trump.
It’s just the latest example of Conway finding a way to soar above the normal controversies that usually tarnish Trump aides. And it raises the possibility that even after her controversial book, Conway could play a major role in a future Trump presidential bid.
One of the sources close to Trump noted that Conway’s relationship with the former president has “always” been direct with Trump. The duo, this source also noted, still speaks “several times” a week.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/kellyanne-conway-has-found-her-way-back-into-donald-trumps-heart?source=articles&via=rss Kellyanne Conway has found her way back into Donald Trump’s heart