Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware says that White House economic advisor Gary Cohn pretended that he had a bad cell phone connection to end a call with President Donald Trump.
During an interview on CNN. Carper shared details of a meeting between Democrats, Cohn, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short and Trump via phone:
I said to Gary, it was a room where we’re all sitting around this big table, and I said, “Gary, why don’t you do this, just take the phone from, you know, your cellphone back and just say, Mr. President, you’re brilliant. But we’re losing contact, and I think we’re going to lose you now, so good-bye.” And that’s what he did and he hung up.
CNN host John Berman asked Carper if Cohn faked a bad connection to get Trump off of the phone, and Carper replied:
Well I wouldn’t … I don’t want to throw him under the bus, but yes.
White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah denied Carper’s claim to The Hill even though Shah was not present for the call:
Senator Carper’s claim is completely false. Gary Cohn took the phone off speaker and continued to speak with the president privately for several minutes before they concluded the call.