The New York Post: Kellyanne Conway blamed for leaks by author of new White House book
WASHINGTON — The author of new book on President Donald Trump blames White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for being behind most of the leaks to the media.
“If you wonder why there are so many leaks out of the White House, one reason is Kellyanne is the number one leaker,” said Ronald Kessler, author of “The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game.”
Kessler said while he was interviewing Conway at the White House for his forthcoming book, she started “lashing into Reince Priebus,” the former White House chief of staff, Kessler said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“She said the most mean, cutting and obviously untrue things about Reince and I didn’t include them in the book because they were so unfair,” he said. “She also lit into Jared and Ivanka, saying that they leak against Steve Bannon. And I know that White House aides have seen texts that she has sent to other journalists dissing her colleagues, leaking material .”
Kessler’s book — scheduled for release on Tuesday — is viewed as a defense of the president, especially in the face of other unflattering portraits like Michael Wolff’s best-seller “Fire and Fury.”
Kessler’s summary is that Trump “will be seen as a great president, just like (Ronald) Reagan.”
Kessler also takes aim at Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and blamed them for pushing some of the worst decisions of Trump presidency, such as firing FBI Director James Comey and hiring Anthony Scaramucci as the short-lived communications director.
“Donald Trump understands that they are problems and has said to them, ‘maybe you should go back to New York,’” Kessler said. “He certainly isn’t going to fire a family member, so they remain the Teflon aides.”
The book credits first lady Melania Trump for sharp political instincts, wielding influence behind the scenes and getting Trump to agree to launch his presidential campaign.
“She got him to run,” Kessler said. “He was sort of pussy-footing around about running and she said you have to declare your candidacy. And that’s what happened.”
At the White House, the first lady will sit in meetings with cabinet officers and disagree with Trump, he said.
“Her judgment is spectacular,” said Kessler, who then quipped about her model looks. “And we have pictures of her as well, which will certainly sell a book.”
As for outgoing communications director Hope Hicks, Kessler said she pushed the “Fire and Fury” book along with Bannon.
“I don’t think that shows her judgment is that wonderful,” Kessler said. “Everyone loves her. She’s very enthusiastic about Trump, but to me that is not a good sign.”
This report originally appeared in NYPost.com.