A CNN panel mocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcConnell trolls Blankenship on Twitter: ‘Thanks for playing, Don’ Pittenger loses GOP primary fight Blankenship concedes GOP Senate primary in W. Va. MORE after a report that he made it through just two practice questions in four hours while practicing for a potential testimony in the Russia investigation.
“Only two questions,” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota said. “In other words, look, the way you interpret this, there’s so much national security stuff happening the president can’t possibly be practicing and prepared for this kind of sit-down.”
It wasn’t entirely clear why the two questions took four hours, though it appeared to be a combination of factors, according to the report in The Wall Street Journal.
A source familiar with the informal practice session told the Journal that Trump’s legal team could only work through two questions, “given the frequent interruptions on national-security matters along with Mr. Trump’s loquaciousness.”
In the discussion with Camerota, Daily Beast editor and CNN analyst John Avlon joked that it sounded like an “outtake” and that the practice session likely included “regular breaks for … tweeting.”
“First of all, he is totally loquacious,” Avlon said. “He is not focused. Could two questions that are kind of contentious derail him for long periods of time? Sure.”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo expressed disbelief that Trump would spend “four hours going over something that he’s not sure he wants to do.”
There have been conflicting signals from the White House over whether Trump will sit down with Mueller.
Rudy Giuliani, a new member of Trump’s legal team, met with Mueller last week to discuss negotiations for a possible interview. Trump said Friday that he would only speak with Mueller on the guarantee that he would be “treated fairly.”
The Hill on Tuesday reported there is widespread skepticism that Trump will interview with Mueller.
Earlier this month, The New York Times published a list of nearly 50 questions compiled by Mueller that he reportedly intended to ask Trump, with many of them focusing on communications between members of the Trump campaign and Russia.
And Giuliani said Sunday that Trump would not have to comply with a subpoena from Mueller, saying he would instead prefer for Trump to answer questions received in advance, not under oath.