CNN’s Erin Burnett called out former Trump aide Sam Nunberg for having alcohol on his breath during one of his numerous erratic interviews on Monday night that followed news that he is refusing to comply with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Burnett first raised the issue of Nunberg’s mental state at the start of her interview, after the former Trump aide said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders should “shut her fat mouth.”
The CNN anchor told Nunberg that Trump allies have told her that they believe he is “drunk or off [his] meds.”
Nunberg first laughed off Burnett’s question, but she added that she’s not the only one hearing these concerns. “At least half a dozen other CNN reporters have received similar messages,” she said. “Is this a hit job or is something wrong?”
“No. I don’t care what they say. I really could care less what the Trump White House has to say about me,” Nunberg said in response. He then went on to slam the president for his low approval ratings.
But toward the end of the interview, Burnett broached the topic of Nunberg’s mental state again, this time saying she smelled alcohol on his breath during their talk.
“I have to ask you one other thing. And it’s an awkward question to ask. But I’ve interviewed you before and you’re sitting very close to me,” Burnett said. “We talked earlier about what people in the White House were saying about you. About whether you were drinking or on drugs.”
“Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath,” the CNN anchor added.
“Well, I have not had a drink,” replied Nunberg. “You haven’t had a drink?” Burnett asked again, but the former Trump aide again denied having any drinks before going on his Monday press hit-spree.
“My answer is no. Besides my meds. Antidepressants, is that ok?” he said. Burnett responded: “I’m just trying to understand.”
“They can say whatever they want. I don’t really care. They’re pathetic. Their president has a 33 percent approval rating,” Nunberg retorted.
“Whatever they want to say about me, that’s fine,” Nunberg added. “I’m the one that was treated terribly by [Trump]. They tried to use this against me.”
Watch the interview above, via CNN.