WATCH: Alisyn Camerota Battles With John Sununu After Ex-Governor Rips CNN, Triggering Icy Standoff


It all started so cordially.

Monday on CNN’s New Day, Alisyn Camerota and former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu (R) exchanged reflections and memories of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — who passed away Saturday after a bout with brain cancer. The two swapped stories as part of a heartfelt tribute to the late senator.

But then the subject turned to President Donald Trump and the media. And that was the end of the geniality.

Camerota asked Sununu about the Washington Post’s report that the president personally rejected plans for a White House statement to honor McCain.

“That was printed in the Washington Post,” Sununu said. “And I have to be honest with you, I don’t give much credence to what I read –”

Camerota interjected — noting that CNN confirmed the information.

“We also have that reporting,” she said.

Sununu scoffed at this.

“Yeah, well, same thing applies, Alisyn.”

And so began an icy standoff.

“Governor,” Camerota said, drawing a breath and taking a three second pause which felt as though it lasted an eternity, “you come on CNN, and we appreciate you coming on CNN and we appreciate your take on it. But I don’t appreciate you denigrating our reporting. We have excellent reporters here.”

The two tussled for a bit, as Camerota tried to pin Sununu down. But the New Hampshire governor, after taking the initial jab, refused to engage further.

“You asked me to come on to talk about John McCain,” he said. “I’m here to talk about John McCain as I remember him. I’m not here to talk about the press’s handling of a difference between the White House and the press corps at this time.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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