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story.lead_photo.caption President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, for a trip to visit a Army tank plant in Lima, Ohio, and a fundraising event in Canton, Ohio. Trump is escalating his increasingly awkward public fight with the spouse of a top aide. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — Kellyanne Conway's spouse is a "husband from hell!" President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, escalating his awkward public fight with the husband of one of his closest advisers. A "whack job," he added later.

Trump's feud with George Conway played out with ever more heated rhetoric on social media. Conway, an attorney who has questioned Trump's mental health, fired back after Trump's latest tweet, saying the president seems "determined to prove my point."

The caustic exchanges also drew a response from Kellyanne Conway, the longtime Republican pollster who served as Trump's third campaign manager before joining the administration as a counselor to the president.

Conway, who is considered one of Trump's top advisers and is a high-profile face on television defending him, told Politico that Trump had avoided targeting her husband for months "out of respect for me." But she added: "You think he shouldn't respond when somebody, a non-medical professional, accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?"

Trump on Wednesday called Conway's husband "A total loser!" He claimed George Conway was "VERY jealous of his wife's success" and was assailing the president because Trump "didn't give him the job he so desperately wanted." In fact, it was George Conway who took himself out of consideration for a position with the Justice Department, citing family considerations.

"I barely know him, but just take a look," Trump added on Twitter, "a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!"

Speaking to reporters later as he left the White House for a trip to Ohio, Trump called George Conway a "whack job" and said he's doing a "tremendous disservice" to his wife and family.

George Conway has repeatedly questioned the president's mental state, tweeting that "Americans should be thinking seriously now about Trump's mental condition and psychological state."

On Wednesday, after Trump's latest tweet, George Conway, posted a link to the diagnostic criteria for narcissistic personality order, and wrote in response to Trump's latest missive: "You. Are. Nuts."

He also congratulated Trump Tuesday for having "guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism!"

"Great job!" he wrote.

George Conway has also pushed back on the idea that he doesn't know Trump personally, telling The Washington Post that he has had a number of conversations with Trump over the past decade. He described Trump's presidency as "maddening to watch" and said he himself tweets so he doesn't "end up screaming" at his wife about the president.

A campaign official said that Trump has met countless people and that it was unclear if Trump would recognize George Conway if he approached him. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Washington author and hostess Sally Quinn said she chatted about the situation with Kellyanne Conway and several other writers at a recent party.

"She kept saying she couldn't understand why people wanted to talk about it," Quinn said. "I said it's a good story."

A longtime chronicler of Washington's social scene, Quinn couldn't recall a similar type of spat.

"People often will compare it to Mary Matalin and James Carville," she said, referring to the married political consultants from opposing parties. But she said it was not the same. "What they disagreed on was policy. I think this is a totally different situation. This is about morals and values and ethics."

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  • seitan
    March 20, 2019 at 11:24 a.m.

    ....says the spouse from the lowest rung of hell. I doubt even Dante foresaw Trump.

  • RBear
    March 20, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

    Agree, Seitan. I always wonder what Melania has to endure to be Trump's spouse. Conway and her husband have the similar relationship that Matlin and Carville have. They know when to leave politics at the door and enjoy their lives together. But let's think about this. When did Clinton ever make remarks like this about Mary?

  • JIMGAIL61788GMAILCOM
    March 20, 2019 at 12:20 p.m.


    Here is an adulterous husband calling a kettle black.This is a guy .Who gets a lawyer to pay off the adulterous affairs.Trump is such ilk.But the Evangelical's love him.

  • PopMom
    March 20, 2019 at 12:21 p.m.

    Trump is falling apart as news leaks out that Mueller may have the goods on Trump. I can hear Trump saying, “so I owe Putin $2 billion, there was no collusion.”

  • JIMGAIL61788GMAILCOM
    March 20, 2019 at 12:49 p.m.

    Trump is unraveling because Mueller has the good's on him,and his kid's.Is the American Public destined to watch Trump have a nervous breakdown while tweeting,or on live TV coverage?Will Trump lose his orangeness,or comb over?

  • Packman
    March 20, 2019 at 3:16 p.m.

    The Conway's are an interesting couple, much like the Carville's when Clinton was POTUS. Sure, couples can be of independent mind and compartmentalize away from work but is the REALLY possible? But if Mr. Conway honestly feels Mrs. Conway is working for a lunatic, wouldn't he do whatever was needed to get her away from her boss without this public humiliation? Something about this just doesn't make sense.
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    Hey Rbear - Perhaps Melania is intelligent enough to know what's best for Melania. Just a thought....
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    Hey PopSnob and jimgail - You bedwetters have been saying President Trump is unraveling for months and months and months and yet, he's still President of the United States and going strong. Which is only to say your observations have been proven to be laughable.

  • obbie
    March 20, 2019 at 4:01 p.m.

    You nice folks need to take Leadership 101. Donald Trump is a leader. Look at the jobs, the economy and North Korea for example. Obama did not the gonads to take on these, much less Daesh. Think about how many times you thought in terms of how Trump speaks, but you didn't speak your thoughts. I don't like all his speech, his Tweeting and his past, but he's doing a good job of protecting our rear ends.

  • PopMom
    March 20, 2019 at 4:11 p.m.

    Packman,

    I give him 8 more weeks. The Republicans will be calling for his head. Yes, he is unraveling which is why he attacks a dead war hero every day.

  • mozarky2
    March 20, 2019 at 4:38 p.m.

    PM, you're as deluded as ever. I've lost count of how many times you've said "We've got him now"!

  • BoudinMan
    March 20, 2019 at 4:40 p.m.

    Attacking McCain. Again and again. Attacking George Conway. Attacking everything that moves over the weekend. Individual-1 seems more nervous than the proverbial cat among rocking chairs. And here come the totally dishonest and deranged defending their Dear Leader no matter what. I bet they believe what he says about McCain.

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