On Monday, as CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and correspondent Kate Bennett were discussing the various allegations of infidelity against President Trump, co-host Chris Cuomo couldn’t keep himself from busting a gut.
It all began with the following assessment from Bennett:
BENNETT: How the first couple handles headlines and rumors like this is really indicative of how they are individually. This is not a first couple that we’re used to of late. I mean, we’re used to the Obamas’ back-and-forth, sort of sending mushy text messages and “I love you,” and marking anniversaries. This isn’t a couple, with Donald and Melania Trump, who does that. And she has been quiet, but she has done certain things like driving separately up to the State of the Union address, and even the other day taking a separate motorcade to meet the president at the plane after another salacious headline broke. And, you know, she cancelled her trip to Davos, Switzerland, in the wake of the Stormy Daniels headlines as well. Her office says that these are logistical and scheduling issues, but one cannot help but wonder what might be going on behind the scenes and whether she’s expressing herself and some frustration just by being quiet and marking these notes of independence.
CAMEROTA: Yes, great point, Kate. And none of that seems typical, but we just don’t know how . . .
At this point, Camerota pauses and looks over at Cuomo, who’s off screen, before finishing her sentence: “ . . . to handle this.”
CAMEROTA: Can I help you with something?
CUOMO: No, no, look, Kate, it’s good reporting. Thank you very much. But it’s just funny. We’re looking — [laugh] we’re looking for clues as to whether or not there could be any — you remember all this stuff?
Cuomo then grabs Camerota’s hand and shakes it off violently, seemingly mimicking moments when Melania Trump has pulled her hand away from her husband’s.
CAMEROTA: When she slapped his hand. Is that a clue, when she goes like this [slaps Cuomo’s hand]?
CUOMO: All I’m saying — all I’m saying is —
CAMEROTA: Look no further?
CUOMO: Whatever happens with them, you know, happens. That’s their personal business. But [we don’t] have to hunt for clues [breaks out laughing].