- In his new memoirs, Kelian Conway criticizes Mark Meadows’ tenure as White House chief of staff.
- Conway said Meadows was “out of date” in the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- “The president was underserved, ill-advised and, ironically, ignored by ‘senior officials,'” she wrote.
In August 2020, then-White House councilor Kelian Conway was concerned about the direction that then-President Donald Trump was receiving from some of his closest associates, including Mark Meadows, the conservative former North Carolina congressman who served as chief of staff. from March of this year.
Conway was about to leave the White House, but she is considering the continuing challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic and Trump’s re-election match against then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The veteran of the study does not think that Trump is well served by Meadows and did not bite his tongue, exposing his disappointment to him and several other top aides in the White House, which she describes in detail in her memoir “Here’s the deal.” “
“Some of the staff’s egos were bigger than the huge tasks we face. Others behaved like teenagers in cliques or hungry sharks with goals other than those of the nation. People could not even agree on a mask policy. “Most of them insisted that he win a re-election convincingly before Sleepy Joe wakes up,” she wrote.
She added: “Meadows, the self-identifying chief, was the fourth person to play that role and the only one in the most difficult time for the president and the nation. The man didn’t say I could be angry, but most of all I was worried. “
Conway went on to say that during such a turbulent time – with thousands of Americans dying from the coronavirus and millions of people infected with the virus before vaccines were approved for emergency use – Trump needs top-level advisers who to point it in the right direction.
“Trump can be as good a listener as he is a speaker, so the quality of the council and the purity of the council are imperative,” she wrote. “Staff can be a blind spot for him. Faced with the double challenges of COVID and the re-election campaign, he deserved the best and the brightest.”
In the book, she said Trump had been “poorly advised” on many issues – including gay rights – noting that “senior officials” had put an end to then-President and First Lady Melania Trump’s plan to mark a Place of Pride. in 2020.
My eyes were already wide open. The president was underserved, ill-advised and, ironically, ignored by “senior officials,” she wrote.
She continued: “Like in June of that year, when the first lady finalized a plan to illuminate the White House in the colors of pride and send a tweet that the president planned to retweet. Suddenly, when the day came, nothing happened – the whole plan was blocked. “
Conway delved into Meadows again in the book, noting that “he wants to be the president’s BFF,” which means “more important than a properly elected vice president.”
Insider turned to Meadows for comment.
Last December, Meadows released his memoir, The Boss Chief, detailing his response to Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and subsequent hospitalization, while describing his loyalty to the then president, saying he would dress up as a giant penguin. suit “to return him to the Oval Office after the health test.