Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway noted Friday that none of the guests at President Trump’s first State of the Union address this week were leaked, calling it “a great sign of a very tight White House that’s working for the American people.”
“By the way, I wanted to say one thing about that speech, one thing quickly about that speech that nobody said,” Conway told “Fox & Friends” in an interview Friday. “Everybody is commenting how great the guests were. How incredibly moving and heroic and tragic and patriotic the guests’ stories were.”
“In addition, none of them ever leaked,” she continued. “And I did want to make that point. Because there was a very small group involved in that. But none of them ever leaked. I think it’s a great sign of a very tight White House that’s working for the American people and for the president’s agenda and not their own egos.”
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The White House has seemingly reduced the number of leaks to the media after former Homeland Security chief John Kelly, also a retired general, was chosen to replace Reince Priebus as chief of staff. Political observers have also pointed to the departure of former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon as another factor in the decreased number of leaks to the press.
Conway often appears on “Fox & Friends,” a program the president has praised numerous times in morning tweets.
Earlier in her interview Friday, she confirmed that the president will not sit down for an interview with NBC at halftime of the Super Bowl.
“At the moment, no. He said no to that,” she said. “He addressed the American people directly this week through his State of the Union speech and he talks to them, cuts out the middle man plenty of times. He said all he needs to say earlier this week and it was a great speech to the country.”
Trump sat down with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly for last year’s game, which was carried by Fox-TV.
President George W. Bush was the first commander in chief to sit down at halftime with the broadcast network carrying the Super Bowl back in 2004.
President Obama did interviews during Super Bowl halftimes for each of his eight years in office.
Sunday’s matchup between the defending-champion New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles on NBC is expected to draw more than 110 million viewers.