‘If I want to call you a liar, I’ll do it to your face’: CNN’s Cuomo slaps down Trump defender in angry ‘chaos’ exchange
New Day host Chris Cuomo had to shut down a snarling Trump defender on Monday morning who kept trying to twist the CNN hosts words in an effort to avoid answering questions about White House discord during a contentious interview.
Speaking with American Conservative Union head Matt Schlapp, host Cuomo brought up reports of “chaos” in the White House causing the conservative gadfly to immediately become defensive.
“Make the case for why there’s no chaos in the White House,” host Cuomo challenged while sharing a list of problems that roiled the Trump Administration just last week. “You tell me, why is there no chaos?”
“There’s a lot of activity and energy and announcements coming from the White House,” Schlapp explained. ” I think the news media seems to be focused very much on some kind of chaos amongst the personnel at the white house and of course there are stories there too.”
“I don’t know how you can look at this White House just in all the talent they’ve sweated in one year alone, Matt,” Cuomo lectured. “We’ve never seen anything like this. We’ve never seen the amount of scandals, the amount of turnover, the amount of drama, of all these different levels. How can you deny that reality?”
“I agree with you that, especially, this White House started off that way, but I think under General Kelly, I think things have gotten more orderly,” Schlapp parried.
‘We just had the porter scandal and Kelly’s right in the middle of it saying he didn’t know these things, which is so hard to believe, ” Cuomo pressed.
“I don’t think you should call the general a liar, I don’t think that’s appropriate,” the conservative fired back.
The stunned Cuomo cut Schlapp off, questioning, “Did you hear that word come out of my mouth?”
‘”You used the euphemism, ‘it’s hard to believe what he’s saying,” Schlapp challenged.
“If I want to call you a liar I’ll do it right to your face and they’ll be a smile on mine,” Cuomo challenged. “It’s about the fact that the FBI reports that the White House counsel’s office knew about this. If it happened in another administration you’d have gone nuts.”
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