CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort got into a heated argument Wednesday morning while discussing the allegations that Melania Trump's primetime convention speech may have been plagiarized.
According to The New York Times, Trump hired two veteran GOP speechwriters to help her write a draft of the primetime address, but she reportedly used a much different version for her final speech.
The Trump campaign has declined to concede that plagiarism is involved, and has instead focused its attacks on Hillary Clinton.
So when Manafort and Cuomo met on Wednesday, it was bound to get hot.
Pointing out how there is a pattern within the Trump campaign of “denying” problems, Cuomo said:
“But I can’t move on, because you keep lying about it so I can’t move on from it. Because I have to talk about what is true.”
Manafort, who insisted that the entire controversy over Melania's speech was the media's fault, replied:
“I’m not lying about anything, Chris. As far as we’re concerned, there are similar words that were used, we’ve said that, but the feelings of those words and the commonality of those words do not create a situation which we feel we have to agree with you."
His remarks to Cuomo were somewhat similar to what he told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos earlier on Wednesday:
“As far as we’re concerned, the speech is Melania’s speech. What she communicates to the American people Monday night is a genuine message from her heart. And as far as we’re concerned, that’s the end of it.”
...as well as his explanation of the controversy on Tuesday, when he said there was “no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech” involved.
In related news, accusations of plagiarism in Donald Trump Jr's speech quickly fell apart on Tuesday, spoiling the narrative of more Trump plagiarism.