President Donald Trump brutally mocked CNN host Chris Cuomo as he also slammed the liberal news network on Monday.
Fox News reported that during an appearance at the United Nations, Trump took several questions about the whistleblower controversy involving his communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The phone call between Trump and Zelensky allegedly involved a potential investigation into Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President and 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden.
When asked if he approved of how lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s handled the controversy in various media interviews, Trump singled out a clash the former New York City mayor had with Cuomo on CNN last week.
“I think he was excellent,” Trump replied. “I watched it the other night… I haven’t watched that show in a long time. I don’t watch CNN because it’s fake news, but I watched Rudy take apart Fredo.”
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The “Fredo” comment is a reference to an argument Cuomo had with a heckler last month in which the CNN anchor was taunted with a nickname drawn from “The Godfather” movies. In the films, Fredo was the weak-minded and suggestible brother of Michael Corleone.
“The press doesn’t give [Giuliani] credit because they take little tiny snippets where Rudy was a little bit — if he mispronounces a word, they’ll show that and they won’t show the whole,” Trump added. “Rudy Giuliani took Fredo to the cleaners. The first time I’ve watched CNN in a very long time. So I hate to watch it because it’s so fake.”
Video of the confrontation between Cuomo and the heckler shows the host being told of the Fredo tag, “I thought that was who you were.”
“No, punk-ass b—-es from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” a clearly furious Cuomo replied. “‘Fredo’ was from ‘The Godfather.’ He was a weak brother and they use that as an Italian slur — are any of you Italian? It’s a f—ing insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f–kin’ people. It’s like the N-word for us. Is that a cool f—ing thing?”
The man sarcastically replied, “You’re a much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television.
“If you want to play, we’ll f—ing play,” Cuomo responded. “If you’ve got something to say about what I do on television, then say it, but you don’t have to call me a f—in’ insult.”
“Hey man, listen, I don’t want any problems,” the man told Cuomo, who fired back, “Well, you’re gonna have a big f—in’ problem.”
Cuomo has yet to respond to Trump’s latest dig at him.