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

CNN anchor John Berman on Monday called President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE's comment that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump jokes he'd get 'electric chair' if he deleted even one 'love note' email to Melania Trump jokes he'd get 'electric chair' if he deleted even one 'love note' email to Melania The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — All eyes on Trump as 2020 bid begins 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.”