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

CNN anchor John Berman on Monday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE's comment that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Melania spokeswoman calls for boycott of TI over video The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | How Trump could work with a Dem House | Trump heads to Florida to view hurricane damage 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.”