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CNN anchor Anderson Cooper says he regrets making a “crude” and “unprofessional” remark about President Donald Trump to Jeffrey Lord live on-air Friday during a segment on AC360.
Lord, a CNN political commentator, and Cooper were debating a dubious New York Times story that claimed, based on anonymous sources, that Trump reportedly told Russian officials that former FBI Director James Comey is a “nut job.”
“I don’t care what he says to the Russians; he’s the President of the United States,” Lord told Cooper.
Cooper crudely replied, “If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it. I don’t know what he would do that you would not defend”:
Cooper’s remarks, made live on-air, quickly caused controversy on social media.
Cooper quickly issued an on-air apology for his remarks and released a short statement on Twitter, apologizing for what he had said.
“I regret the crude sentence I spoke earlier tonight and followed it up by apologizing on air,” the CNN host tweeted. “It was unprofessional. I am genuinely sorry.”
Lord, for his part, humbly accepted Cooper’s apology.