Trump: 'CNN Has No Choice' But to Fire Cuomo Over Leaked Sexual Harassment Recording
President responds after audio leak of Chris Cuomo discussing complaints goes viral
President Donald Trump has slammed CNN host Chris Cuomo, calling for the divisive anchor to be fired on Tuesday morning.
The president was responding after “Tucker Carlson Tonight” dropped a leaked recording of a conversation between Cuomo and disbarred attorney Michael Cohen about sexual misconduct.
“Will Fredo be fired by Fake News @CNN?” Trump said on Twitter.
“He speaks with great disrespect about women, and it will only get worse.
"Fredo’s Ratings are bad, so this is the time. Always terrible to speak to sleazebags, especially when you are being recorded.
"CNN has no choice, Fredo must go!” Trump declared.
In his tweet, Trump refers to Cuomo by his nickname "Fredo" after the weak brother from the Godfather movies.
Will Fredo be fired by Fake News @CNN? He speaks with great disrespect about women, and it will only get worse. Fredo’s Ratings are bad, so this is the time. Always terrible to speak to sleazebags, especially when you are being recorded. CNN has no choice, Fredo must go! https://t.co/veVwg7G1YF— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2020
Trump’s remarks come in response to the following exchange between Cuomo and Cohen that was played on Tucker Carlson’s show last night:
CUOMO: You know, I’m always careful when I talk to media, you know? … You know how many f***ing phone calls I’ve gotten from people at ABC who say that reporters are calling and lying about things they heard about me to try to get stories about me when I was at ABC? Guys calling and saying, “I heard he was the Charlie Rose of ABC. He used to invite women to the hotel and open his bathrobe.” Do I look like the kind of f***ing guy who’s gotta do that?
COHEN: Sure. Why not?
CUOMO: …lying saying, “I have a good source that says he forced one woman to have sex. I just want to know if you’ve ever heard anything like that.” There is no woman. There is none of that.
COHEN: So, here’s the problem–
CUOMO: Women who do work there, saying, “oh, yeah, you know, some of these men,” and naming me with other guys. “You know, we bumped into each other once in the elevator and he put his hand on my shoulder and he made me really uncomfortable.” I mean, what the f***?
COHEN: It’s a problem and now–
CUOMO: I’m careful with the media always. I’ve always told you, the media is not your friend.
“Whoa,” Carlson said after playing the tape.
“Well, there’s a lot to unpack here, but the first thing you notice is that Chris Cuomo was agitated.
"He’s mad. Really mad," Tucker continues.
"And you know what makes him maddest of all?
"The suggestion that he’s gotta act like some old guy, Charlie Rose, to get the ladies.”
“Sandbagging women in hotel rooms with an open bathrobe, ‘do I look like kind of f***ing guy whose gotta do that?’ he asked his pal, Michael Cohen,” Carlson mockingly quoted Cuomo.
“Cohen’s response? ‘Sure, why not?’ Open bathrobes seem normal to Michael Cohen.”
New Audio: Chris Cuomo confides in Michael Cohen. pic.twitter.com/SbHoPQx9Tm— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) September 2, 2020
Cohen, a convicted felon, lashed out at the release of the recording.
The only people in possession of these recordings are me, @DOJ, @POTUS & Trump Org. I did not give this recording or authorization for its use to @FoxNews or anyone. @POTUS and cronies violated my First amendment rights and now this; all to discredit me and my book. What’s next? pic.twitter.com/ajgmpE9ZoF— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) September 2, 2020
Cohen responded to the segment by writing on Twitter: “The only people in possession of these recordings are me, @DOJ , @POTUS & Trump Org.
"I did not give this recording or authorization for its use to @FoxNews or anyone.
"@POTUS and cronies violated my First amendment rights and now this; all to discredit me and my book. What’s next?”