CNN's Cuomo tries to discredit Trump on overhearing conversations without speakerphone

CNN's Cuomo tries to discredit Trump on overhearing conversations without speakerphone
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CNN Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTrump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record CNN's Chris Cuomo lauds brother in panned interview: 'You're both awful' Ken Burns: 'Confederate monuments have to go' MORE on Thursday tried to discredit President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE's claim about the difficulty in overhearing two sides of a phone conversation without a speakerphone with a live, on-air experiment.

"Very interesting theory from our president that he has really good hearing, some would say, the best hearing ever, and he's never been able to hear a phone call when it wasn’t on speakerphone from anybody," the veteran newsman said during CNN's live coverage while the impeachment hearing was recessed before calling his mother.

"So, let’s just play with that for a second. Mom, can you hear me? All right. So if I were holding the phone here, I’m with Dana BashDana BashPro-Trump super PAC ads attack Biden's economic record in 'blue wall' states Biden accuses Trump of 'stoking deaths,' being 'falsely masculine' Demings 'concerned' over theme park openings in Florida MORE, you know how you're always telling me to let her talk because she’s so smart and I shouldn’t say so much," he said, referring to Dana Bash, who serves as CNN's chief political correspondent.

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"Can you just say hello? Mom? She probably can’t hear me," he added.

"Mom, can you hear me?" Cuomo asked again before putting the phone on speaker.

"Yes, I hear you. When you talk to me, I hear you," Cuomo's mother finally responded before Cuomo quickly pivoted away from the experiment.

Trump in an earlier tweet disputed testimony from impeachment inquiry witness David Holmes, a U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv, Ukraine, who said he could hear U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandTop Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland Ocasio-Cortez: Republicans are prioritizing big chains in coronavirus relief  MORE during a conversation with the president that was not on speakerphone.

“I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great. Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation. I’ve even tried, but to no avail. Try it live!” Trump tweeted.

 

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Holmes testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday that Trump's voice was loud enough to overhear what he told Sondland in regards to Ukraine.

Cuomo's experiment also stirred blowback on social media.