It’s been a rocky week for the administration after Trump stood next to Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki and refused to hold the Kremlin responsible for interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, undermining the findings of the U.S. intelligence community in the process. The fallout continued Tuesday as he attempted to “clarify” his comments, and again on Wednesday when a reporter asked if Russia was still targeting the U.S.
“No,” he said, looking directly at the reporter who asked the question, according to the journalists present in the room, once again undermining U.S. intelligence findings.
Hours later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump was not answering “no” in response to the reporter but was instead saying “no,” he did not want to take more questions.
“He didn’t say no, I’m not taking any more questions. That would make sense,” Cooper said. “He just said no, thank you very much, looking at the reporter who just asked him a yes-or-no question. And he said it twice, looking at the reporter.”
After replaying a clip of Trump’s comments, Cooper continued to mock Trump, imitating his response.
“They’ve done this time and time again,” Cooper said. “Either a spokesperson, a surrogate or the president himself simply says or tries to suggest that you didn’t really see or hear what you clearly saw or heard ... we know what really happened because it happened, all of it, on camera.”
Take a look at the full segment in the video above.