- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

CNN had a hard-hitting segment on Wednesday’s morning show “New Day,” contemplating whether President Donald Trump was afraid of stairs.

National correspondent Jeanne Moos reported on how many British newspapers were transfixed on whether Mr. Trump had bathmophobia — the clinical name for a fear of stairs or slopes.

Ms. Moos reported that British government sources told the U.K. press that when Mr. Trump held British Prime Minister Theresa May’s hand walking down a slight gradient at the White House that was because of his bathmophobia.

“Ever since first hearing about the phobia rumor I’ve become slightly obsessed with watching President Trump watch his step,” Ms. Moos explained.

The segment then showed mundane (and really human) footage of Mr. Trump holding on the railing and looking down at his feet as he descended the staircase on Air Force One, among other clips showing him coming and going.



A White House press person, questioned by Ms. Moos about whether Mr. Trump had bathmophobia, responded: “No offense, but this is an absurd question.”

For her part, Ms. May told Vogue about the hand-holding: “I think he was actually being a gentleman. We were about to walk down a ramp, and he said it may be a bit awkward.”

But Mr. Trump? Being a gentleman? Heck no, that goes against every narrative being pushed out about Mr. Trump at CNN. Bathmophobia is so much better.

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