Ana Navarro: Anderson Cooper spat with Kellyanne Conway ‘painful’

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A GOP consultant said it was agonizing watching President-elect Donald Trump’s top aide battle CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday.

Kellyanne Conway clashed with Cooper Wednesday evening over his network’s coverage of unverified but potentially damaging claims that Russia has compromising financial and personal information about the president-elect. 

Hours after Trump’s first post-election press conference — in which he called out CNN — they tangled over how the cable network and other news outlets have handled claims about Trump’s ties with Russia.

{mosads}Navarro, who was a vocal critic of Trump’s presidential bid, ultimately backed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In a tweet Thursday, she suggested Pope Francis “canonize” Cooper after the “painful-as-hell exchange.”

“I know CNN must be feeling the heat today of having a headline yesterday at around 6:30 p.m. that said, quote, ‘Intel chiefs presented Trump with information that Russia had information to compromise him,’” Conway said on CNN’s “360.” “That is just false.”

Cooper then proposed that Conway was confusing CNN’s coverage with BuzzFeed’s, which published a 35-page dossier of unverified Trump allegations in full. While CNN reported that Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the issue, it did not detail any of the allegations from the dossier. 

“I think you guys are feeling the heat,” he told Conway, who is one of Trump’s incoming top counselors. “[Our report] was actually backed up by not only multiple sources, but other news agencies.”

Conway retorted by dismissing the credibility of uncorroborated accounts linking Trump and Russia.

“What heat do we feel?” she asked. “That you’ve got this raw information, this complete ridiculous fake news? It’s not been backed up by credible news sources. Actually, it’s just fake, it’s not even news. I can’t even use ‘news’ for it.”

CNN reported late Tuesday that top intelligence officials presented Trump with a two-page synopsis of an unverified dossier about him last week.

The document alleges Russia’s government possesses compromising financial and personal information about Trump. It also claims people close to Trump kept in touch with Moscow during last year’s presidential race.

U.S. intelligence officials have not verified the dossier’s details, however, and it remains unclear how reliable they are.

Trump and his transition team have fiercely criticized both BuzzFeed and CNN for reporting on the unsubstantiated document.

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