President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE referred to CNN anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoDocuments show CNN's Cuomo asking top aide: 'Please let me help' defend brother Andrew San Francisco DA charges 9 involved in organized retail thefts Rittenhouse defense attorney says he threw Tucker Carlson's film crew 'out of the room several times' MORE as "Fredo" several times while speaking to reporters at the United Nations and defending his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiFormer NYC police commissioner to testify before Jan. 6 committee, demands apology Midterms are coming: Will we get answers on Jan. 6 before it's too late? Subpoenas show Jan. 6 panel's focus on Trump's plans 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.
President Trump on Giuliani's interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo: “I watched Rudy take apart Fredo ... He took Fredo to the cleaners.” pic.twitter.com/p8jbm4BKGC— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 23, 2019
“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 HannityVigilantes are not patriots Trump says Rittenhouse met with him in Florida Cheney knocks Ted Cruz: 'A real man would be defending his wife' MORE, the Fox News host. Hannity said Cuomo had "zero to apologize for."