George Conway Says Anticipating 'Narcissistic Whims' of Trump is 'Key to Survival' in His Administration

Conservative attorney George Conway claimed that predicting the "narcissistic whims" of President Donald Trump was the only way to "survive" his administration in an op-ed published Saturday night.

The co-founder of an anti-Trump Republican group wrote in The Washington Post that no one "outside the White House" was better at anticipating those "narcissistic whims" than Attorney General William Barr.

Conway also argued that Barr was effectively saying "don't worry I got this" to President Trump in an interview with ABC this week, during which he said the commander-in-chief's tweets made it "impossible for me to do my job."

Speaking to the broadcaster in a clip shared on Thursday, Barr said he was not "not gonna be bullied or influenced by anybody," including the president, and added that he could not do his job at the Justice Department "with a constant background commentary that undercuts me."

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President Donald Trump delivers remarks to members of the National Border Patrol Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building February 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

His surprise remarks came amid controversy over changes to the recommended sentencing of the president's associate Roger Stone, who was convicted of obstructing Congress' investigation into Russian election interference.

In his Saturday op-ed for the Post, Conway began by writing about a tarp being hung over the name of the USS John McCain in May last year so President Trump wouldn't see it, noting that the commander-in-chief did not ask for it to be covered.

"Anticipating Trump's narcissistic whims and desires in just this fashion remains the key to survival in his administration, and outside the White House proper, no one does it better than Barr," Conway added.

"It's thus entirely believable, as both Barr and Trump have said, that Trump never gave Barr any instruction about Stone's case."

Following on from similar speculations about the attorney general's authenticity when he complained about background commentary making his job "impossible," Conway wrote that Barr "likely knew what to do" when federal prosecutors recommended a seven-to-nine year sentence for Stone.

"And he has known what to do, whenever feasible, to keep Trump happy all along," Conway wrote.

He later said Barr was not "actually standing up for the Justice Department's integrity" during his headline-grabbing interview with ABC this week.

"To the contrary, as his (and my) friend Fox News host Laura Ingraham put it, 'Barr was basically telling Trump, don't worry I got this,'" Conway added.

"In other words, don't blow this by calling attention to all that I do for you. Don't say the quiet part out loud."

Newsweek has contacted the White House and Justice Department comment. This article will be updated with any responses.

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