Kellyanne Conway 'Corrects' Fox News for Calling Trump and Pelosi 'Vicious' in State of the Union Letters

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway in an interview with Fox News Wednesday spoke out against a comment by the network's chief White House correspondent John Roberts that the back-and-forth between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had become "vicious."

Fox News aired Roberts from the North Lawn reporting on Trump's letter to Pelosi stating he plans to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday, despite Pelosi's recommendation that he postpone it until after the government shutdown ends.

"This back-and-forth between the two has become so vicious that I think all bets are off here," Roberts said to host Harris Faulkner in the studio. "So we'll see what happens here."

Faulkner then introduced Conway to comment on the matter.

"The president intends to go the chamber on Tuesday night to address our great nation and give an update on the state of our union," Conway said, then bashed Pelosi. "It would be, I think, remarkably petty of the speaker to disinvite the president of the United States to address the nation that they both serve at the highest level."

Conway then took a shot at Roberts.

"I just want to correct politely something that John Roberts said," she said. "The president is not being vicious toward Speaker Pelosi. I was there in the Oval when he was writing this letter, when he was sending out, as were others. He was not being vicious at all."

On Fox News, @KellyannePolls says she thinks it would be "remarkably petty" for Pelosi to formally disinvite Trump from delivering the State of the Union.

"I think fundamentally [Pelosi] is someone who doesn't always have control of her temper about the president," Conway says.

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Conway continued that Trump simply wanted people to make plans for his address and that "there's been some opaqueness from the speaker" on whether it would take place and "the president has put that to rest."

The counselor to the president added that first lady Melania Trump is inviting guests to the address as is customary.

"If Speaker Pelosi wants her to disinvite those people as well, or not give enough seats to be able to invite all these guests who represent the best of America and the best of America's spirit, then she's going to have some explaining to do," Conway said. "Look, I think fundamentally she is someone who doesn't always have control of her temper about the president, but she often doesn't have control of her own chamber."

Conway has spoken favorably of Fox News compared to other major networks including CNN, ABC and MSNBC, but her allegiance has remained with the president.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks during an interview with Fox News Channel at the White House on August 21, 2018. Conway spoke out against Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts for calling President Donald Trump's exchange with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "vicious" regarding the State of the Union. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Trump in his letter to Pelosi stated that the Department of Homeland Security informed him there would be "absolutely no problem regarding security" for the address during the shutdown, and that he would be "honoring" her invitation from January 3 to deliver the address.

Pelosi responded to Trump in a letter Wednesday stating that she stands by her January 16 letter requesting they work together on a date for the address once the government opens.

"The House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President's State of the Union address in the House Chamber until the government has opened," Pelosi wrote.