White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Friday she supports President Trump's right to defend himself from being "mercilessly attacked" every day on cable news shows, and called on TV hosts to show more respect to Trump.

On ABC Friday morning, Conway stopped short of saying she endorsed Trump's tweet on Thursday, when he said MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was "bleeding" after a face-lift on New Year's Eve. But she said Trump has a right to fight back.

"What I said was I endorse his ability to fight back when he is attacked," she said. "There is no good [that] comes out of people attacking the president's physical and mental states on national television every day, to the exclusion of connecting Americans with information they need."

"Bottom line, I endorse his ability to connect on social media with Americans, and I endorse, as the first lady has said, him firing back when he is being mercilessly attacked," she added.

"The good I hope comes out of this is that we change the conversation, that respect for the office of the president and its current occupant are intact and that we have a full conversation about policy," Conway added.

"Let people disagree on policy, and stop the personal invective," she said. "It's completely toxic and it's completely counterproductive to connecting America with policy prescriptions that they need."