CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and communications director for the Trump campaign Tim Murtaugh ended up having an on-air spat on Monday evening as the pair discussed the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 12-minute interview quickly descended into an argument as Cuomo began by discussing the recent increase in COVID cases across the U.S.
Murtaugh defended his boss saying President Trump had been tackling the coronavirus 'head-on' noting the travel China ban which had been implemented early-on and the recent speedy progress that had been made in therapeutics and vaccine development.
But then things got personal as Murtaugh berated Cuomo's brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
CNN's Chris Cuomo and Tim Murtaugh, right, were involved in a fiery interview on CNN Monday night where the Trump campaign spokesperson accused Cuomo of not taking the pandemic seriously
He outlined how the governor had praised the Trump administration for providing New York state with everything they needed. But Cuomo quickly defended his brother's position.
'Your own brother, the governor of New York, said that every time he turned to the administration, the federal government was there with everything,' Murtaugh said.
'He did not say that. And that is not what happened,' Cuomo responded.
'No. He said, "I went to the federal government. They helped me with things. They did not help with everything. They're still not helping"', Cuomo claimed.
Murtaugh held up a photo of Chris Cuomo and a giant Q-tip which was from an episode of the show in May when he was mocking his Governor brother, Andrew over the size of his nose
'Your brother predicted a ventilator shortage. He said he needed 40,000 ventilators or people would die. That shortage never materialized…' Murtaugh noted, 'Because the president engaged the private sector and the government to create the equipment, the PPE, the gowns, the gloves and the ventilators that we needed.'
Murtaugh then accused Cuomo of appearing 'self-righteous' and even accused him of not taking the situation seriously holding up a photograph of a moment earlier in the year when Cuomo joked with his Governor brother that he would need a gigantic Q-Tip in order to swab his nasal passages for coronavirus.
'Does this look like a couple of guys who were taking it seriously?' Murtaugh asked holding up the printout from the May broadcast.
'You had your brother on for the Cuomo Brothers Comedy Hour, joking about the size of the Q-Tip that you would need for his nose to take the test,' he continued.
'Yeah, I did. It was funny as hell,' Cuomo said in his defense.
CNN host Chris Cuomo and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were slammed in May for their lighthearted jokes on coronavirus testing during an episode of Cuomo Prime Time
On the episode Chris joked about the size of Andrew's nose by bringing out a baseball bat-sized nasal swab, saying that's what the governor needed to use to get tested for coronavirus
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