WASHINGTON — Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is suggesting that alleged government surveillance of Donald Trump during his campaign may have gone beyond the president’s accusation that former President Barack Obama had his phones tapped.
Conway tells New Jersey’s Bergen County Record “there are many ways to surveil each other.” She says “you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways.” Conway didn’t offer any evidence for the remark.
It follows Trump’s claim that Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” at Trump Tower before the election. Trump hasn’t provided evidence and Obama has denied the charge.
President Trump’s choice for national security adviser has turned down the job offer, according to a report.
Trump asked Vice Adm. Robert Harward earlier in the week to take the post, but he declined, The Financial Times reported (paywall).
The paper said the president is trying to convince him to change his mind.
President Trump’s choice for labor secretary withdrew his nomination Wednesday after it became clear he didn’t have the votes to win confirmation in the Senate.
Andrew Puzder said in a statement that he was “honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity.”
He added: “While I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team.”
Uber’s CEO is reportedly stepping down from President Trump’s economic advisory council.
Travis Kalanick has stepped down from the president’s board of executives less than a week after Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants, refugees and visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
A spokesperson for Uber confirmed to Adweek that Kalanick removed himself from the board earlier today, and in a letter to Uber employees obtained this afternoon by The New York Times, Kalanick said he spoke with Trump about the “issues for our community” that the immigration ban creates.