Chris Cuomo to Kellyanne Conway: I'll call you a liar ‘if I have to’

CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday got into a verbal spat with White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway hits Trump on 9/11 anniversary: 'The greatest threat to the safety and security of Americans' Juan Williams: Swamp creature at the White House Oversight Democrats press for probe into possible Hatch Act violations MORE, saying he’d call the Trump aide a “liar if I have to.”

Conway told the host that her aunt questioned why she goes on the show because Cuomo isn’t “nice” to her.


Cuomo said he is “tough but fair” and argued that there are opponents of the Trump administration who criticize him for having the president’s aides on his show. 

“They don’t want you to have me on for a very simple reason — they accept, if not expect, you and the rest of CNN to be anti-Trump all day long and you know it," Conway said. 

“The reason they get frustrated a lot is they believe you guys don’t answer questions and you spin a lot and you ignore what’s obvious fact,” Cuomo fired back. 

“You gonna call me a liar?” Conway challenged. “Go ahead. You gonna call me a liar?

“If I have to, I will,” Cuomo replied. “I don’t want to call you a liar.”

Earlier in the heated exchange, Conway claimed that it was a “slur” to accuse the president of being a liar.

“You took a shot at the president tonight. You called him a slur I’m not going to repeat,” Conway said. 

When pressed by Cuomo what the slur was, Conway said, “You’re saying he’s not telling the truth. That’s a slur. That’s a slur.”

The interview came during a tumultuous week for the Trump administration after the sentencing of Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen on charges including tax evasion and making illegal campaign contributions.

Cohen said he made payments of more than $100,000 to two women — adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal — at the direction of Trump so they would not talk about affairs they said they had with Trump during the 2016 presidential race.

Trump has denied the affairs and rejected reports that he ordered Cohen to make the payments.

“I never directed him to do anything wrong,” Trump told Fox News on Thursday. “Whatever he did he did on his own. ... I never directed him to do anything incorrect or wrong.”