Trump repeatedly refers to CNN's Cuomo as 'Fredo' at UN

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE referred to CNN anchor Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Don Lemon: I'm not some partisan liberal Democrat Scaramucci: Trump sees Bloomberg as threat Schiff: Trump helped House Republicans plan to storm SCIF MORE as "Fredo" several times while speaking to reporters at the United Nations and defending his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBiden: Impeachment hearings show 'Trump doesn't want me to be the nominee' Sondland brings impeachment inquiry to White House doorstep FBI sought interview with whistleblower at heart of impeachment probe MORE on Monday afternoon.

Trump's remarks followed a heated interview between Cuomo held with Giuliani and also come a few weeks after a man accosted the CNN anchor, referring to him as the "Fredo" character from "The Godfather."

“I think he [Giuliani] was excellent. I watched him the other night and I haven’t watched that show in a long time. I don’t watch CNN because it’s fake news,” Trump said during first day of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.



“But I watched Rudy take apart Fredo. Fredo’s performance was incompetent, Rudy took him apart," the president continued. "The press doesn’t give him credit because they take little tiny snippets where — wherever Rudy was a little bit, if he mispronounces a word, they’ll show that, but they won’t show the whole."

“Rudy Giuliani took Fredo to the cleaners. First time I’ve watched CNN in a long time because I hate to watch it because it’s so fake.”

Giuliani appeared on Cuomo's program on Sept. 19 to downplay reports that he and Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into Hunter Biden’s dealings with a gas company in Ukraine. Trump's reference comes six weeks after Cuomo got into a verbal altercation at a Hamptons bar after a patron referred to him as "Fredo." The incident was captured on video and quickly went viral.


"Punk ass bitches from the right call me Fredo," Cuomo says to a man standing beside him on Aug. 12. "My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from 'The Godfather.' He was a weak brother and they use it as an Italian aspersion."

The unidentified man replies by insisting he believed Cuomo's first name was Fredo.

"You’re going to have a big f---ing problem," Cuomo says at one point, before telling the man that he'll "f---ing throw you down these stairs like a f---ing punk."

While Cuomo apologized for the incident, those coming to his defense included cable news rivals such as Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityFox's Neil Cavuto rips into Trump over attacks on Chris Wallace's impeachment coverage Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial MORE, the Fox News host. Hannity said Cuomo had "zero to apologize for."