President Trump on Monday, Sept. 23, called CNN anchor Chris Cuomo Fredo in a press conference at the United Nations.
When answering the question regarding his lawyer Rudy Giuliani over the ongoing Ukraine issue, the president mentioned the heated interview between CNN host and Giuliani and then blasted CNN for covering “fake news.”
Trump said that the way Rudy Giuliani has been handling the Ukraine situation “was excellent.”
“I think he was excellent,” Trump responded. “I watched him the other night, I haven’t watched that show in a long time,” Trump added.
“I don’t watch CNN because it is fake news,” Trump continued. “But I watched Rudy take apart Fredo. Fredo’s performance was incompetent. Rudy took him apart. The press doesn’t give him credit, because they take little tiny snippets wherever Rudy was a little bit, if he mispronounces a word they’ll show that. They won’t show the whole. Rudy Giuliani took Fredo to the cleaners. First time I’ve watched CNN in a long time. I hate to watch because it’s so fake,” Trump said.
Cuomo last month was caught on video insulting a man who called him “Fredo,” a weak character Fredo Corleone from the classic movie “The Godfather.”
The president shared the incident on his Twitter at the time, that made the nick name become widely known, saying “I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
This is not the first time Trump has blasted CNN and its hosts. President Trump often criticizes the network for negatively covering him and his administration, both on Twitter and direct interviews. CNN cut away from its coverage of Trump’s kickoff 2020 re-election campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, in June when the crowd started chanting “CNN sucks.”