Sometimes, you get a meatball delivered right over the plate and you just have to mash it.
Towards the end of a contentious interview with Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), the first member of Congress to endorse Trump during his ultimately successful presidential run, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo pressed the Republican lawmaker on Trump’s ludicrous walk-back of his comments during his disastrous joint news conference with Vladimir Putin
With Collins having insisted throughout the segment that the president had done a good job clarifying that he agreed with the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election — though even in his cleanup attempt Trump said others could have interfered — Cuomo pushed back on Collins’ characterization. He especially took issue with the New York congressman blaming the media for the outrage created by Trump’s performance.
Collins eventually pivoted, stating that the main goal is for peace with countries like Russia, North Korea and Iran and it will take the “best negotiator” in the world to negotiate with Putin, leading Cuomo to ask if that means Trump has “to let him think that you don’t believe he attacked the election.”
“Here’s what we don’t know,” Collins responded. “There was a lot of one-on-one time between Vladimir Putin and President Trump.”
He continued, “And I have spent one-on-one time with President Trump. He does not mince words. He knows what’s going on. You’ll never meet a sharper, smarter individual than President Trump.”
Yes. A Republican who came on to give a full-throated defense of Trump’s ‘I misspoke because of a double negative’ clarification said the president doesn’t mince words.
“But he misspoke on the most important statement that he had to make yesterday in front of the entire world,” Cuomo retorted, not missing the opportunity that was just served up on a silver platter.
Collins tried to say something about how we all misspeak but does it really matter after you played yourself like that?
Watch the clip above, via CNN.