CNN’s Angela Rye twice called President Trump “your president” during a panel discussion on the network Monday.
“[Trump] went into a press conference during the summer [of 2016] asking Russia to find the other 30,000 emails,” she said on CNN of the 33,000 emails 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton erased from the private email server she used as secretary of State.
“There are a lot of things that your president has done to defy logic. Let’s at least acknowledge that.”
Rye’s remark prompted fellow panelist Jack Kingston to challenge the political commentator’s phrasing.
“Your president too, Angela,” said Kingston, a former GOP House representative from Georgia. “Your president too.”
“Well, he’s your president,” Rye retorted, leading anchor John Berman to end the segment by calling Trump “the president of the United States.”
Some Twitter users on Monday attacked Rye for refraining to describe Trump as her president his ongoing work in that role.
That's OK. I don't consider u an American. You r a radical left wing marxist. Since he is not your president, will you be moving to Canada?— J (@LibCelebs) July 17, 2017
Other people on the social media platform defended Rye, who has become one of CNN’s most vocal critics of Trump.
The panel on CNN’s Monday broadcast featuring Rye was discussing Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer with alleged links to the Kremlin.
President Trump on Monday defended his son’s decision, tweeting that “most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended” for political opposition research.
Donald Trump Jr. was reportedly told Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya had compromising information about Clinton before last year’s meeting between them.
Reports of the encounter have stirred controversy as they emerged during probes by the FBI and several congressional committees of Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
The White House has repeatedly denied Trump’s election campaign colluded with Russia last year, which is part of the investigations’ focus.