CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview

CNN host Anderson Cooper ripped into President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE's newest White House press secretary, Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamLawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for Bloomberg Rohrabacher tells Yahoo he discussed pardon with Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email MORE, on Friday over her defense of acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyMulvaney confirms he'd have to take a pay cut to be permanent White House chief of staff The Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday Issues with CDC coronavirus test pose challenges for expanded screening MORE's apparent admission of a quid pro quo between Trump and Ukraine's president involving military aide and an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' Democratic strategist says Biden 'has to' get second place in Nevada MORE.

Cooper mocked Grisham, calling her dishonest during his "Ridiculist" segment on "Anderson Cooper 360" on Friday evening, and tore into her defense of Mulvaney after the acting chief of staff walked back the comments he had made hours earlier at a rare White House press briefing.


"Does everyone working for the president have to debase themselves and lie like he does? Apparently so. I thought John Grisham was a great storyteller, but I got to say, Stephanie Grisham may have him beat," Cooper said.

The CNN host also took aim at Grisham's suggestion that White House press conferences had devolved into "theater" due to reporters being eager to get on television.

"Ms. Grisham clearly doesn't get to Broadway enough if she thinks those press conferences are theater," Cooper said, adding, "Maybe on one of the seven days a week she isn't doing her job, she can catch maybe a matinee of 'Hamilton.'"

Grisham did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on Saturday.