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Chris Cuomo’s attempt to burn Trump live on air goes embarrassingly wrong

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Chris Cuomo’s attempt to poke a hole in President Trump’s claim about conversations on speakerphone failed miserably on live television.

The CNN host tried an on-air experiment Thursday in response to the president’s tweet questioning testimony by David Holmes, counselor for political affairs at the US Embassy in Ukraine.

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Holmes testified before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday about overhearing a phone call between Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. The ambassador had reportedly called the president after a private meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and spoke to him at a restaurant as Holmes sat across the table.

“Although Ambassador Sondland’s phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the president’s voice through the earpiece of the phone,” Holmes told lawmakers.

Trump cast doubt on Holmes’ claim by touting his own “great” hearing in a tweet following the testimony.

“I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great,” he wrote.

Cuomo attempted to debunk Trump’s claim and put the idea to the test during CNN’s live coverage Thursday morning.

“Very interesting theory from our president that he has really good hearing, some would say, the best hearing ever, and he’s never been able to hear a phone call when it wasn’t on speakerphone from anybody,” Cuomo said in the break between testimony from Holmes and Fiona Hill.

“So, let’s just play with that for a second. Mom, can you hear me?” he asked, holding up his phone and speaking to his mother on the other end.

“All right. So if I were holding the phone here, I’m with Dana Bash, you know how you’re always telling me to let her talk because she’s so smart and I shouldn’t say so much,” he said, leaning over to CNN’s chief political correspondent.

“Can you just say hello? Mom? She probably can’t hear me,” he said as everyone awaited a response.

“Mom, can you hear me?” Cuomo asked as he put the phone on speaker.

“Yes, I hear you. When you talk to me, I hear you,” his mother was heard clearly.

But try as he might, Cuomo could not get his colleagues to hear his mother when she was not on the speaker, though there were a few moments of joking that followed the experiment.

“This is not on speakerphone, it’s regular phone, it’s two feet away from Dana. She can hear my mother,” he said though it completely appeared that Bash only heard Cuomo’s mother when she was put on speaker.

The stunt drew plenty of ridicule on Twitter.

Frieda Powers

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