Kellyanne Conway, who serves as President Donald Trump’s White House counsel, appeared either clueless or dismissive of her boss’s recent statements regarding potential targets of attack from the U.S. toward Iran if that nation takes any retaliatory measures in the wake of one of their highest-ranked military leaders being assassinated, which on orders of the president last week.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted out that the administration has its eyes set on targeting “52 Iranian sites…some at a very high level & important to Iran & Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD” if that nation takes any more action against the United States, The Guardian reported.
In response to those comments, which appear to demonstrate Trump is in favor of violating war crimes (targeting cultural sites is against the Geneva Convention), Conway, while speaking to reporters on Monday, reiterated a point that had previously been made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in which he errantly claimed Trump made no such threats.
However, Andrew Feinberg, White House political reporter for The Independent, said in a tweet he reminded Conway that Trump actually contradicted Pompeo’s statement just a few hours later, in trying to justify his threat he had made over the weekend.
When I pointed out that @realDonaldTrump pardoned soldiers accused of and convicted of war crimes and asked her if he thought war crimes were a thing, she said “I don’t know how to answer that.”
I suggested she ask the President.
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) January 6, 2020
“They’re allowed to kill our people. They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. They’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people. And we’re not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn’t work that way,” Trump had said.
Feinberg pressed Conway on that point, and also asked about other war crime issues that have propped up recently within the White House.
“When I pointed out that @realDonaldTrump pardoned soldiers accused of and convicted of war crimes and asked her if he thought war crimes were a thing, she said ‘I don’t know how to answer that,'” Feinberg wrote.
In subsequent reporting from the journalist, Feinberg also said Conway suggested that Iran “has many military sites, strategic sites, that you may cite that are also cultural sites,” but that the White House counselor didn’t offer any evidence of such.