Deputy press sec trips over his words after CNN’s Cooper presses him on Trump’s current relationship with Cohen
In the wake of news that the president’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen also represents pro-Trump Fox News personality Sean Hannity, a White House spokesperson appeared to trip over his words as CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked him about the president’s relationship with his lawyer.
Noting that President Donald Trump seemed “very upset” last week when responding to news that Cohen had been raided by the FBI, Cooper asked White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley if the president views the raid as “more of a threat” than special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“Look, I haven’t spoken to him directly about the raid,” Gidley responded, noting that Trump is concerned about “the direction that the Mueller investigation has turned” before referring Cooper to Cohen for further questions.
The host went on to note that when White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if Cohen is still representing the president, she “wasn’t really clear.”
“She answered it today, actually, on Air Force One,” Gidley said. “She said what we all know which is absolutely, the president still has a relationship with him. I don’t know the exact relationship.”
“The president has many attorneys,” the spokesman said.
After Cooper pressed him, Gidley responded simply, “I can’t tell you.”
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