Trump loves pitting families against each other — look what he did to Ronna and Mitt Romney: WaPo reporter
Composite image of George Conway and President Donald Trump (screengrabs)

The Washington Post's Aaron Blake offered a simple explanation for why President Donald Trump was escalating his fight with conservative lawyer George Conway, husband of his counselor Kellyanne Conway. It has nothing to do with distracting from his multiple legal problems -- Trump simply loves the drama, as he's proved previously.

"I keep thinking back to a couple months ago when Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican Party, was basically forced to come out and repudiate her uncle Mitt Romney, who is the new senator from Utah, who is very critical of the president in certain ways," Blake said. In fact, it was reported that the president is so hostile to Mr. Romney that he asked his niece to change her name.

"I think the president loves this kind of tension," Blake added. "This is such a great story, a husband and wife on opposite sides of this divide, one of them works for him, the other one is attacking him almost daily."

"Is it a distraction?" asked host Hallie Jackson. "Do you see it as the president trying to seed some shiny penny out there?"

"I've never liked this idea that everything the president does is a distraction," Blake replied. "I think he likes drama, he likes to be the center of attention. These are stories that allow him to do that."

Watch the video below.