PRESIDENT Donald Trump says CNN has “no choice” but to fire host Chris Cuomo after he was "heard saying there were sexual harassment allegations made against him."
Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning: “Will Fredo be fired by Fake News @CNN?
“He speaks with great disrespect about women, and it will only get worse. Fredo’s Ratings are bad, so this is the time,” the president wrote.
“Always terrible to speak to sleazebags, especially when you are being recorded. CNN has no choice, Fredo must go!”
On Tuesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired audio of a conversation Cuomo allegedly had with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer.
The tape begins by Cuomo, the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, allegedly being heard telling Cohen: "I'm always careful when I talk to media, you know.
"Do you know how many f**king phone calls I've gotten from people at ABC who say that reporters are calling and lying about me and trying to get stories about me when I was at ABC?
"Guys calling and saying, 'I heard he was the Charlie Rose of ABC, he used to invite women to his hotel and open his bathrobe.'
"Do I look like the kind of f**king guy who's gotta do that?"
Cohen allegedly quipped, "Sure, why not?"
Cuomo allegedly continued to fume: "Women who do work there saying, 'Oh yeah some of these men' – naming me with other guys – 'you know we bumped into each other once in the elevator and he put his hand on my shoulder and made me really uncomfortable,' I mean what the f**k."
"It's a problem," Cohen allegedly reassured him.
Cuomo allegedly concluded: "I'm careful with the media always, I've always told you the media is not your friend."
It has not been made clear when the audio was recorded, nor how it was obtained.
Commenting on the clip, Carlson questions: "When you're talking to Chris Cuomo you don't actually get to talk much.
"So unfortunately we never get to learn who are all these women who claim they have been sexually harassed by Chris Cuomo?
"What are their names? Have they received financial settlements from CNN or ABC?"
Carlson then said that he allegedly sent CNN the tape and posed the questions to a spokesperson, but they did not respond.
The Sun has contacted ABC News and CNN for comment.
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