CNN host Chris Cuomo was in the news this week when an apparent secret recording was released in which he is heard denying a sexual harrassment allegation during a conversation with President Donald Trump’s ex-attorney Michael Cohen.
Trump addressed the situation by suggesting the cable news network should fire Cuomo over the unspecific claims lodged against him, as reported by the Washington Times.
“It will only get worse”
Referring to Cuomo as “Fredo,” the president’s remarks came in a tweet on Wednesday.
“Will Fredo be fired by Fake News [CNN]?” he wrote. “He speaks with great disrespect about women, and it will only get worse. Fredo’s Ratings are bad, so this is the time.”
In an apparent reference to his disgraced former lawyer, Trump wrote that it is always “terrible to speak to sleazebags, especially when you are being recorded” and concluded that terminating Cuomo’s contract is the only acceptable outcome.
“CNN has no choice, Fredo must go!” the president tweeted.
The tweets came the day after Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson played the leaked audio recording during a segment of his program.
“The Charlie Rose of ABC”
“You know, I’m always careful when I talk to media, you know,” Cuomo reportedly said to Cohen. “Do you know how many f—ing phone calls I’ve gotten from people at ABC who say that reporters are calling and lying about me and trying to get stories about me when I was at ABC?”
He claimed that his critics had called him “the Charlie Rose of ABC” and spread rumors that he harassed women by inviting them to a hotel room and opening his bathrobe.
“Do I look like the kind of f—ing guy who’s got to do that?” he asked, prompting Cohen to reply with a chuckle, “Sure, why not?”
Cuomo did flatly deny all allegations, which reportedly stem from a 13-year tenure at ABC that ended in 2013. Cuomo did not immediately respond to the media attention, neither did his current and former employers.
Cohen is now complaining that Fox News did not have permission to air the clip, though he did not dispute its veracity. Meanwhile, the recording appears to offer some insight into a double standard regarding the treatment of those accused of sexual misconduct.