‘You’re Trying Very Hard Not to Deal with the Topic at Hand’: CNN Anchor Presses GOP Rep. on Trump Tweet

CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield got into a lengthy back-and-forth with Congressman Lee Zeldin over President Trump‘s anti-CNN tweet this morning.

Whitfield asked the Republican lawmaker about that fan-made video of the President literally fighting back at CNN.

Zeldin told Whitfield he’s “not here to defend” Trump’s tweet, and he talked about how the president should “be a role model” for young people.

He did say, however, the problem is not just limited to Trump, and pushed back when Whitfield said he’s changing the topic:

“You have people in Hollywood making jokes about assassinating the President of the United States, punching him in the face, cutting his head off, you do have people in the media who aren’t…”

Whitfield jumped in to say, “You’re trying very hard not to deal with the topic at hand right now by bringing up these other examples that have been discussed ad nauseum.” Zeldin countered, “That’s relevant!”

She also confronted Zeldin on whether he thinks Trump “is an advocate of the protection of the freedom of the press.”

Zeldin said that’s not something he could discern from the President’s tweet today, again emphasizing that everyone––Trump included––should do their part to rise above all this.

“We all need to do more to come together as a country,” he added. “And that doesn’t let the President off the hook, it probably holds him to the highest possible standards because he is the President. But we all have our own responsibilities as well to do our part.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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