CNN's Chris Cuomo had a question for President Trump's campaign spokesman on Wednesday, Kayleigh McEnany: Did the President ever lied to the American public? Do not lie, "McEnany said at the beginning of a three and a half minute exchange on" Cuomo Prime Time. "" The press is lying. "
" You do not believe that President lied to the American people? "No, I do not think this president lied," she told Cuomo before repeatedly supporting Trump's honesty, which has made more than 12,000 false or misleading statements during […] his presidency, according to The Washington Post Fact Checker. (The Fact Checker generally avoids denouncing Trump's lies as a lie.)
Later, Cuomo reiterated the question and suggested that McEnany had the opportunity to clear her position. McEnany said she has nothing further to say, "No, I do not think the President lied."
After McEnany repeated her posture for the eighth time, Cuomo reached for his earpiece and pretended to make sure it worked. "Wow!" Said the host.
The controversial back and forth that would soon become viral comes during a week in which the president made a series of false, misleading or inaccurate statements to China, Iran and Russia following Summit of the Group of Seven. The President also tweeted what he claimed was the most common question he was asked by other world leaders during the meeting: "Mr. Mr President, why do the American media hate your country so much? Why are they digging for failure? "
Cuomo, whom the President described as a" totally out-of-control animal "after the CNN host was shown in a video threatening a man who called him" Fredo ". McEnany invited McEnany to talk about Trump's explosion in Puerto Rico as " one of the world's most corrupt places ", as the US territory prepared for Hurricane Dorian was McEnany, the Republican spokesman Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey from The Washington Post reported in February that the Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, told Washington Post.
] Cuomo first asked her why Trump continued to mislead claimed Congress provided US $ 92 billion for the recovery effort in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Mary in 2017; US $ 43 billion Dollar in relief goods, about 14 billion US dollars come to Puerto Rico. The $ 92 billion figure reiterated by the president is an estimate of potential storm-related debt for 20 years.
"Why not tell the truth?" He asked McEnany, who then defended the estimate of two decades as accurate.
] The discussion revolved around Trump's recent contempt for Fox News, which the President had tweeted on Wednesday: " is not working for us anymore!" "McEnany denied that Trump had intended Fox personally for him to work. instead arguing that the network "does not work for its movement".
After McEnany repeatedly insisted that Trump never lied, Cuomo cut the segment off.
"The interview is over, Kayleigh," Cuomo said. "If you can not admit that this President has lied to the American people, you will not have credibility with the audience."
"The fake news media lie every day and that's why you've lost credibility," she replied.
Then, reminding the Trump counselor that her boss considers the media "the enemy of the people", Cuomo mentioned the president's tweet about the world leaders who allegedly asked him why the media hated the US.
"It's his fault Sew the seeds of division," Cuomo said.
McEnany told Cuomo to "take a look in the mirror" before calling her or Trump a liar.
"I do not lie to my audience at every damn opportunity," he said, before thanking her.
While Glenn Kessler, the editor and editor-in-chief of Fact Checker, documented 12,019 false or misleading allegations by the President in 928 days, he once described a Trump statement as a lie, Paul Farhi of the Post reported. "You can not put yourself in the head," said Kessler. "In particular, Trump is very situation-dependent, so that he can actually believe what he says despite all the evidence to the contrary."
The only exception last year was the description of the President's continuing refusal to pay hawk money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 elections, which was proven wrong by records and other evidence.
Some critics suggested that Cuomo's controversial segment, viewed more than 800,000 times on social media by Thursday morning, is an example of the broken relationship between the press and the Trump administration.
"It's embarrassingly chaotic," tweeted television presenter Soledad O & Brien . "It does not teach and inform anyone." Later she added : "It's a game, it's an act, so he thanks a guest who called him a liar."
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