CNN anchor calls Trump statement about Melania trip to Africa 'absurd'

CNN anchor John Berman on Monday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times George Conway: Why take Trump's word over prosecutors' if he 'lies about virtually everything' Federal judge says lawsuit over Trump travel ban waivers will proceed MORE's comment that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times Prosecutors probing Trump inauguration spending: report Melania Trump's favorability plunges in new poll MORE had done "a tremendous job representing our country in Africa — like no one has before” an “absurd” thing to say.

Berman made the remarks during a discussion with New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, who noted that Melania's trip to Africa was similar to trips taken by other first ladies.

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Berman cited past presidents’ work in Africa, highlighting former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush’s work on reducing AIDS on the continent.

“It is absurd. That is absolutely absurd,” he said. “Literally it is like everyone has done before in these trips to Africa. And this statement is on its face absurd, but we know it’s the kind of thing that the president likes.”

Haberman added that she thinks the statements are Trump’s way of “complimenting his wife.”