Trump to start monthly appearances on TV show, counsellor Conway says

US President Donald Trump talks to his adviser Kellyanne Conway during an opioid summit at the White House in Washington, US on March 1, 2018.
US President Donald Trump talks to his adviser Kellyanne Conway during an opioid summit at the White House in Washington, US on March 1, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - The day after President Donald Trump's at-times rambling appearance on the Fox & Friends morning cable show, White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway said it could become a monthly gig.

"The President had a great time bringing his case directly to the American people," Ms Conway said. "The President has said that he would like to perhaps come once a month and as news breaks."

During a phone interview with the Fox News programme on Thursday (April 26), Mr Trump covered a wide swathe of topics from his ongoing feud with former FBI director James Comey to his attempts to distance himself from personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

"He'll keep us guessing," Ms Conway said.

Mr Trump has long had strong relationships with Fox News personalities. One of the network's biggest stars, Mr Sean Hannity, was revealed recently to have shared a lawyer with the President.

Former Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly also shared a lawyer with Mr Trump, Mr Marc Kasowitz.

Before he was a candidate, Mr Trump phoned into Fox & Friends on an almost-weekly basis.

The President is also an avid viewer of Fox News and his tweets often appear to be prompted in part by segments on shows, particularly Fox and Friends.

During Thursday's interview, Mr Trump discussed the decision by Admiral Ronny Jackson, his pick as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, to withdraw amid allegations of improper behaviour and management lapses.

In his defence of Mr Cohen, Mr Trump acknowledged the attorney is representing him "with this crazy Stormy Daniels stuff", he said, in a reference to an adult film actress who says she was paid US$130,000 (S$172,191.50) on the eve of the 2016 election to ensure her silence about an extra-marital affair with Mr Trump.