President Donald Trump referred to CNN’s opinion host Chris Cuomo as “Fredo” during a press briefing at the United Nations yesterday (Sept. 23).
When a reporter asked how he feels about the way his lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been handling the “Ukraine situation,” Trump said he’s very happy with how Giuliani slam-dunked Fredo Cuomo during a CNN interview.
“I watched him the other night,” Trump told reporters. “I don’t watch CNN because it’s fake news, but I watched Rudy take apart Fredo. Fredo’s performance was incompetent. Rudy took him apart.”
The president continued: “The press doesn’t give [Giuliani] credit because they take little, tiny snippets…like if he mispronounces a word, they’ll show that. They won’t show the whole. Rudy Giuliani took Fredo to the cleaners. It’s the first time I’ve watched CNN in a long time. I hate to watch it, because it’s so fake.”
Last month, Chris Cuomo cemented his status as “Fredo,” the dopey, incompetent brother of Mafia kingpin Michael Corleone from the award-winning film “The Godfather.”
Ironically, this happened because Cuomo had an epic meltdown after being called Fredo by a listener of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.
Cuomo has always chafed at the reference because his critics know he feels insecure being in the shadow of his older brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and his accomplished father, the late Mario Cuomo (a former New York governor).
As BizPac Review reported, Chris was comically immortalized as Fredo Cuomo on Siri, the virtual assistant on Apple’s popular iPhone, for a few hours after his viral tantrum.
iPhone users around the country erupted into laughter when the query “Siri, how old is Chris Cuomo?” auto-corrected with the reply: “Fredo Cuomo is 49 years old.”
Twitter exploded into hilarity over Siri’s snide diss of Chris “Fredo” Cuomo.
Siri later removed the reference, but the screenshots live forever on the Internet.
President Trump is in New York today (Sept. 24) to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, where he’s expected to discuss a number of important issues, including Iran and China.
Trump and many of his supporters are frustrated with the U.N., which accepts vast amounts of money with little to show for it.
Trump has blasted the U.N. as a “sad,” ineffectual social club that accomplishes nothing.
Specifically, Trump said the United Nations has wasted its “great potential” by devolving into a clique where all people do is sit around and pay lip service to being humanitarians while accomplishing nothing.
In his 2017 speech before the U.N. General Assembly, the president said it’s unfair that the United States bears most of the financial burden for the U.N. and gets little in return:
“The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22% of the entire budget. In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes. The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals — especially the goal of peace — this investment would easily be well worth it.”
In 2017, the United States contributed more than $10 billion to the U.N.
Trump also sounded the alarm, saying the United States will no longer allow itself to be taken advantage of.
“The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.”
President Trump underscored that it is the duty of each world leader to represent the best interests of their own country.
“As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always — and should always — put your countries first,” Trump said. “All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens.”
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