By Jessie Hellmann - 11-21-16 07:32 AM EST
A top Donald Trump aide is dismissing questions about the president-elect's tweeting, asking why a network news anchor would care.
"Why take it up? Why take up SNL? No president does that. Why waste time? Why distract?" CNN's Chris Cuomo asked Kellyanne Conway Monday morning.
"Why do you care?" Conway replied in the contentious interview.
Trump over the weekend tweeted criticisms of "Saturday Night Live" and repeatedly called on the "Hamilton" cast to apologize to Mike Pence for comments targeted at the vice president-elect.
I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show - nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016
The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
"Who's to say he can't do that? Make a comment - spend five minutes sending a tweet, making a comment," Conway said on Monday.
She then accused Cuomo of assigning "wrongdoing" and "malice" where it doesn't exist.
"I think we should all learn from the election that this doesn't fly with the voters," she added.
Conway said CNN is "focusing on divisions" by bringing up Trump's tweeting.
"This network and other people will always be focused on divisions. How about accepting the election results, Chris, and letting him form a government?"
"He is a leader, and takes the counsel of many people, and that's exactly what he's doing."
Cuomo shot back: "And a leader should also have thick skin."
Conway continued to defend Trump's Twitter use as a way to reach his "25 million followers."
"It's a great way for him to take his message directly to the people," she said.
"Sometimes he's trying to cut through the nonsense of people telling Americans what's important to them."