CNN’s Chris Cuomo was forced to apologize to a member of President Trump’s White House staff after he botched his name on the air, then followed up by calling him, “whatever-his-name-is,” according to Fox News.
Cuomo apologized to White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah after calling him “Raj whatever-his-name-is” during a segment on Monday.
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Cuomo was in the middle of a conversation on Monday about recent comments attributed to President Trump and criticized the administration for “parsing the words” between “s—hole” or “s—house” and accused the White House of blaming the media for reporting the phrase that has resulted in a variety of CNN pundits calling the president a racist. Ironically, Cuomo made a comment that ultimately attracted the White House’s attention.
“We went to the White House when it happened and Raj whatever-his-name-is didn’t back off the words,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo was speaking about Shah, who recently issued an official statement regarding last week’s report that Trump referred to some immigrants as coming from “s—hole countries” during an Oval Office meeting.
Shah tweeted at CNN and Cuomo, clarifying his name:
— Raj Shah (@RajShah45) January 15, 2018
Cuomo, at which point, apologized:
Sorry for the mistake, Raj. Won’t happen again. Please know that you are welcome to come on the show anytime. https://t.co/kw669MfP0a
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) January 15, 2018
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders jumped in at this point:
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 15, 2018
CNN has been using Cuomo for double duty: as the co-host of the morning show “New Day” and on a temporary primetime program. He botched Shah’s name on “New Day” and noted later in the day that he was accused of racism over the mistake.
“I forgot Raj’s last name this morning. I apologize for that. And then there wound up being a counter-narrative: ‘Well, that makes you racist,’” Cuomo said during his primetime gig. “It’s not helpful… it’s being said.”
Cuomo has sparred with members of the Trump administration whenever given the chance — and it became particularly heated with Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, on multiple occasions. Last August she even called him an “amateur climatologist” when Cuomo insisted on talking about climate change during an interview about Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.
Cuomo, 47, who came to CNN from reliably liberal ABC News, has fully embraced CNN boss Jeff Zucker’s anti-Trump programming strategy. Cuomo’s older brother Andrew, the Democratic governor of New York, is known to harbor presidential aspirations.