Kellyanne Conway's decision to explain the latest developments in the Russia scandal embroiling the Trump family by using flashcards has backfired spectacularly.

Conway, who is a special advisor to the president, was mocked mercilessly on Twitter for her bizarre interview on Fox News' Hannity programme on Wednesday night (12 July).

She appeared on the show to defend Donald Trump Jr. after he admitted he held a meeting with a Russian lawyer last summer who was willing to share "information about illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Convention" with the Trump campaign.

Trump Jr. has said he did not receive any "compromising information" and claims that lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya spent most of the meeting attacking US sanctions against Russians.

Conway used four words printed on flashcards to deny allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government in the months leading up to the election.

"This is to help all the people at home," she explained. "What's the conclusion? Collusion? No. We don't have that yet," she said, holding up flashcards with the words 'collusion' and 'conclusion' printed on them.

"I see illusion and delusion," she declared, raising another flashcard for the camera.

"I just thought we would have some fun with words," she told show host Sean Hannity.

Social media users also had a lot of fun with words and photoshop, changing the words on Conway's cards to KFC Chicken and 'Covfefe', a term recently coined by the president.

Others pointed out the comparison between Conway's interview and the iconic scene in Love Actually when Andrew Lincoln confesses his love to Keira Knightley.

One man wrote: "Trump campaign collusion? Pfff...To Kellyanne Conway you are perfect."

Trump Jr. appeared on the Hannity show the night before Conway's interview to explain that he agreed to the meeting as he saw it as an opportunity for "opposition research" on Hillary Clinton.

He acknowledged that in retrospect he "probably would have done things a little differently".