‘Mom Can You Hear Me?’: CNN’s Chris Cuomo Calls His Mom On-Air to Test Trump’s Claim

As the fifth day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump began, the president challenged claims that State Department staffers overheard one of his phone calls with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union.

Trump tweeted that he has “been watching people make phone calls my entire life,” adding that he’s never been able to hear a conversation that wasn’t on speakerphone — despite trying — and encouraged people to “try it live.”

“I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great. Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation. I’ve even tried, but to no avail. Try it live!”

CNN’s Chris Cuomo accepted Trump’s challenge on live television. In the middle of a panel, Cuomo whipped out his phone to call his mom to prove that you can hear phone calls that are not on speakerphone.

“Very interesting theory from our president that he has really good hearing, some would say, the best hearing ever, and he’s never been able to hear a phone call when it wasn’t on speakerphone from anybody. So, let’s just play with that for a second. Mom, can you hear me? All right. So if I were holding the phone here, I’m with Dana Bash, you know how you’re always telling me to let her talk because she’s so smart and I shouldn’t say so much. Can you just say hello? Mom? She probably can’t hear me.”

Watch the moment below:

His mom responded, “Yes, I hear you. When you talk to me, I hear you,” and it was apparently loud enough to be picked up by the microphones without the phone being on speakerphone.

Bash and his mother exchanged pleasantries that were not picked up by the mics. Cuomo pointed out that he was holding the phone about two feet away from Bash’s ear, then thanked his mother and hung up, adding, “Thank you for not saying anything that’ll get me in trouble. I’ll call you back. I love you.”

Cuomo’s experiment comes after David Holmes, U.S. political affairs counselor to Ukraine, told impeachment investigators that he overheard a phone conversation between Sondland and Trump while they were eating at a restaurant in Ukraine because Sondland would sometimes hold the phone away from his ear.

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Tom Bodine
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Another Fredo fail but applauded by all on the left

G
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Dumbest story ever.

Mark Schlesinger
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Can you hear me now?

Mark Schlesinger
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Tommy, can you hear me?

Mark Schlesinger
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Stupid is as stupid does.

JerryDV
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JerryDV

Speaking through the phone to the person you called is not the same as listening to one side of a phone conversation. Guess Cuomo can divine what’s being said on the other side of the phone conversation by hearing phrases like, “That’s right.” “Okay.” “Can I count on that.” What is the person on the other side on the phone conversation saying? Maybe Schiff will call him as a witness so we can find out what Cuomo might have heard.

Mark Simmons
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“MOM, CAN YOU HEAR ME?”
1. Idiot! No one claimed YOUR MOTHER couldn’t hear you when you talk directly into the microphone and she held the phone to her ear!
2. When your mom spoke several of the panelists said they couldn’t hear her EVEN THOUGH they were sitting at the same table as you…
3. …even though you held your phone out and NOT to your ear…
4. …even though you were in a studio DESIGNED to eliminate ambient noise and not a restaurant where there is lots of ambient noise.

Joyce
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I would make a comment about this article, but it seems any more when I comment, my comments are immediately deleted. As to why they are deleted, I don’t have a clue, because what I usually put back into my comments are the things I’ve read in different news articles, and what others have made in their comments and are allowed to stay in print. So, I guess I’ll remain silent……

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