Trump adviser Conway warns of spy microwaves ‘that turn into cameras’, then she gets roasted on social media
Last week, the White House tried to avoid giving further life to US President Donald Trump’s stunning and unsupported allegation that former president Barack Obama ordered surveillance of him last year.
And when WikiLeaks posted new documents claiming to expose surveillance tactics available to the intelligence community, the White House steadfastly refused to confirm their validity, in keeping with long-standing US policy about keeping spying operations secret.
In the space of a few seconds, White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway appeared to undo both administration objectives.
In an interview in her New Jersey home with the local newspaper, The Record, Conway was asked about whether Trump’s wiretap claim distracted from White House efforts to sell his agenda.
Obama Microwave Camera you say? pic.twitter.com/REGoqu24Q7
— Brandon Reed (@VoxHumanaMedia) March 13, 2017
“There are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately,” she said. “There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life.”
The comments about spy ovens were roundly mocked on social media.
And put another way, Conway gave credence to the documents published by WikiLeaks in an attempt to back up the president’s claim.
This right here shows a microwave camera on a selfie stick pic.twitter.com/fFYjgwtAwP
— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) March 13, 2017
Conway attempted to defend herself, saying her comments were being misconstrued.
On CNN, she said she had been asked about “surveillance generally.” But the Record columnist’s question was more specific: “Do you know whether Trump Tower was wiretapped?”
So Conway went another direction on CNN.
“I’m not in the job of having evidence,” she said. “That’s what investigations are for.”
As the comments made the rounds on morning television, Trump appeared to back up Conway, his top aide and former campaign manager, on Twitter.
“It is amazing how rude much of the media is to my very hard working representatives. Be nice, you will do much better!” the president tweeted.