Leibovich: Trump Told Kellyanne Conway To Make Anti-Romney Comments To Add Drama To Process


CBS NEWS: Mark Leibovich, New York Times Magazine's chief national correspondent and a CBS News political contributor, joins CBS This Morning from Washington to discuss why President-elect Donald Trump's inner circle is publicly fighting over Mitt Romney as potential pick for secretary of state. From Monday's broadcast:

NORAH O'DONNELL, CBS NEWS: Let's talk about this extraordinary public display of infighting in the Trump campaign over who to choose for secretary of state. Were Kellyanne Conway's remarks about Mitt Romney, were they sanctioned or is Trump now angry with her about making those?

MARK LEIBOVICH, NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE: To me, it's one of those two choices. I think the more interesting -- I think what is entirely likely here, given how we've seen the Trump team operated is that Donald Trump is essentially telling her to go out and make public statements that would denigrate one of the candidates in a way to sort of add drama to the process, but also to if he ultimately picks Mitt Romney, they could see more, you know, magnanimous in a way. It's unclear what Mitt Romney's role in all of this, what he knows and why he went along with it.

GAYLE KING, CBS NEWS: But do you believe that Kellyanne Conway would not be speaking out so publicly if she thought it would be upsetting to Donald Trump. You are saying that, correct?

LEIBOVICH: My sense is yes. I think it would somewhat unlikely especially since she has gone all over TV consistently over the last few days telling not so much a party line but being very, very strenuous in her support of everything else Donald Trump has done. So it's a bit strange to see a divergence there.

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