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

CNN anchor John Berman on Monday called President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE's comment that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Biden plans to host Obama for portrait unveiling that Trump skipped: report Jill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting 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.”