Whoa. It sure seems like CNN’s Chris Cuomo is gearing up for “war” with Donald Trump, and that’s probably a mistake.
Cuomo opened the interview by asking Trump about his recent comments blaming Hillary Clinton for her husband’s many immoral dalliances and possible sex crimes. Trump was having none of it. Instead of answering Cuomo’s opening question, the presidential candidate fired back that it was a rude start to the interview.
“Well this is a nice way to start off the interview. You should congratulate me for having won the race. I thought, you know, there’d at least be a small congratulations. But I’m not surprised with CNN because they treat Trump — They call it ‘The Clinton Network–‘”
OUCH. Donald Trump deserves some major credit for that zinger. The line set the tone for the entire interview and Cuomo shifted the confrontational nature of the interview into high gear.
After the fiery start, and a quick attempt at amends, the interview again began rolling down hill… quickly.
Donald Trump: “We’re making horrible trade deals, we’re losing our jobs, we’re losing our manufacturing, it’s trade. The next thing I came out with is rebuilding our military, because our military is absolutely being decimated. We’re not spending the proper money. We’re not buying the proper equipment. We’re not taking care of our soldiers. We’re not taking care of our vets, by the way. But we’re not taking care of our military at a time when we just about in the history of our country need it the most. So I talk about that.”
It was at this point that Cuomo tried to interject and defend the Clinton family from Trump’s attacks, but Trump was having none of it.
Donald Trump: “Clinton is the one that approved NAFTA. NAFTA is the worst deal, one of the worst deals our country’s ever made from an economic standpoint. One of the worst deals ever.”
Chris Cuomo again moved to defend the Clinton’s image: “NAFTA, I understand you wanting to bring up trade. As you know, Clinton did not pass NAFTA. Bush passed NAFTA. So you can criticize it all you want… You can criticize NAFTA all you want. I’m just saying you want to keep the history. Bush was involved with NAFTA.”
The interview went back and forth from there – with Trump blaming Bill Clinton and Cuomo blaming George H.W. Bush for the problems that came from NAFTA. Finally, Cuomo seemed to grow tired of the heated debate and wondered aloud if the confrontational nature of the interview was due to Mr. Trump’s decision to phone in the interview instead of showing up personally.
Chris Cuomo: But I think maybe if you were face to face, it might be a little bit different. That’s all.
Donald Trump: You think you would have asked a different question? I don’t think so.
I guess that didn’t solve things…