Things got heated on CNN after a Republican congressman said the media was to blame for the tweets sent out by President Donald Trump.
CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and John Berman on Tuesday questioned Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) about Trump’s recent tweets that attacked his own attorney general. Buck said that he didn’t find the tweets to be “unseemly.”
“I think anytime you communicate in 140 characters or less it is a difficult form of communication,” Buck added. “I think the best thing is for the country is for the attorney general and the president to get together and work this out.”
“You said, you used the word unseemly,” Harlow replied. “You don’t think it is unseemly the way that the president handled this, so handling something in the public sphere like this, he could come to the microphone, give an interview, he is choosing to use 140 characters, he is choosing to use that as a way to repeatedly attack his own attorney general. You’re OK with that? You’re comfortable with that tactic and that is befitting of the office?”
“I don’t think the president has been treated fairly by the media,” Buck responded, “and I think he is in a unique situation–”
“What does that have to do — that is just not what I asked,” Harlow interjected. “What does that have to do–”
“It’s exactly what you asked,” Buck insisted.
“No, no,” Harlow shot back. “What I asked you –”
“He doesn’t have alternatives,” Buck interrupted. “What are his alternatives? If he is going to be asked questions and is going to be cornered by an unfriendly media where he doesn’t have a chance to get his message out, he is going to do it in social media.”
“He could film something in the Oval Office and put it on the White House website if he wants,” Harlow noted, before asking her original question again.
“I think it is a way for the president to communicate,” Buck said. “I don’t think it is unseemly. I think it is the president’s style.”
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