CNN reporter: Is Trump afraid of stairs?

A CNN reporter wondered aloud in a Wednesday segment if President Trump is afraid of stairs, which the White House dismissed as “absurd.”

National correspondent Jeanne Moos, a 34-year veteran of the network, shared on CNN's "New Day" that she has become "slightly obsessed with watching President Trump watch his step" while sharing a rumor that Trump has a phobia of steep inclines.  

"Whether it'd be not shaking the German chancellor’s hand or clutching the hand of Britain's prime minister, President Trump's hands always seem to end up in headlines," Moos said in the narration of an edited package for the morning program.  

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Moos stated that Trump, 70, "always keeps his eyes on his feet while clutching the railing" of stairs when exiting Air Force One.

When Moos reached out to a White House spokesperson about Trump’s possible bathmophobia, or fear of stair and steep slopes, she was told, "No offense, but that's an absurd question."

The president has targeted CNN more than any other broadcast network, calling it "fake news" on numerous occasions both during press conferences and on Twitter.

CNN President Jeff Zucker defended his organization's coverage in February, calling Trump's attacks "a badge of honor" for his employees.

Trump has not appeared on the network since August.