In an interview with CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota on Friday, White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway talked about the current opioid epidemic in the United States–which Trump declared a public health crisis on Thursday–before addressing the Uranium One deal.
Camerota primarily seemed interested in learning what President Trump is worried about in regards to the controversial deal, which gave Russia control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
Conway pointed out that the press was “obsessed” with Moscow when the main story concerned potential Russian ties to President Donald Trump, but not so much when the “shoe was on the other foot” and the Obama administration was implicated.
“The President is not worried about Uranium One,” Conway told Camerota. “The people who should be worried about Uranium One are the people who benefited from it.”
She further referenced Hillary and Bill Clinton, saying, “[Trump’s] spouse didn’t go make a half-a-million-dollar speech in Russia while he was secretary of state, then turn around and be part of the decision-making process for them to get 20 percent of our rights. He wasn’t secretary of state or president at the time when Russian folks were trying to infiltrate the State Department and get an advantage for this particular deal.”
Russian nuclear officials routed millions of dollars to the United States, designed to benefit the Clinton Foundation, The Hill reported last week, adding that, according to FBI and court documents, “federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings, and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.”
Camerota asked Conway whether Trump wants the former FBI informant to testify, noting, “Clearly he has some interest.”
The Justice Department has given the informant the green light to testify before Congress, CNN reported.
“Shouldn’t you?” Conway responded. “Shouldn’t we all? CNN is so vested in ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ don’t you want to hear from everybody now? Or, are we just going to drop the word Russia forever because it gets a little too close to the woman who ran last time?”
She added, “We have talked about this for the last year so let’s at least close the loop, can’t we? And look at what the Clinton campaign and the Democrats did.”
Camerota pressed Conway on why the uranium deal bothers her.
“What bothers me it is that we can’t get all of you who have been obsessed about ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ to cover it now that the shoe is on the other foot,” Conway replied.
“I think it’s exactly what people hate about corruption and politicians and the swamp,” she added, noting, “It’s not difficult for them to connect the dots that you have one spouse giving a half-a-million-dollar speech, [and] you have another one that’s the secretary of state.”