By Alison Frankel and Steve Holland
NEWYORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump refused to let go of his feud with White House aide Kellyanne Conway’s spouse on Wednesday, calling George Conway a “husband from hell” and prompting Conway to renew his accusation that Trump is mentally unfit for his office.
“The president seems determined to prove the point I’ve been making,” Conway told Reuters in response to the president’s latest Twitter broadside.
Of all the brawls Trump has waded into, his back-and-forth with Conway, a lawyer who specializes in litigation, has been one of the more eyebrow-raising in Washington.
Trump relied heavily on Kellyanne Conway, a longtime Republican pollster and strategist, to help steer his presidential campaign to victory in 2016. She is a trusted member of his White House inner circle.
In a tweet, Trump wrote that George Conway is upset that he did not get a job in the Trump administration.
But the Washington Post quoted Conway – who is with New York-based law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz – as saying he actually turned down an offer to head the Justice Department’s Civil Division.
In a morning tweet, Trump wrote, “George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted. I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
Trump has been expressing his irritation with Conway in response to the lawyer’s recent suggestion the president was suffering from a mental condition such as narcissistic personality disorder and is unfit to serve as president.
Conway suggested the diagnosis in response to a torrent of tweets unleashed by Trump last weekend laying bare his grievances with, among other topics, Fox News Channel’s weekend anchors and the late Senator John McCain.
Conway on Wednesday posted a brief response on Twitter commenting on Trump’s latest tirade: “You. Are. Nuts.”
In a brief telephone interview, Conway dismissed any suggestion that he and his wife have a book or movie deal about their situation
“Zero. Zilch. The suggestion is absurd,” he said.
He also said he is not fearful about his personal safety as a result of his tiff with Trump. “Most of the unsolicited emails I’ve gotten have been positive,” he said.
Conway declined to comment on the fight’s impact on his career and refused to say anything at all about his marriage.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Alison Frankel; editing by Jonathan Oatis)