CNN is apologizing after one of its producers joked on Thursday that President-elect Donald Trump's plane "crashed."
Moments before going on air, reporter Suzanne Malveaux was coordinating with producers to make sure all was a go for the live hit: making sure she had water and her microphone was working and figuring out which topics to speak about. All of this was happening in Indianapolis before Trump's plane landed on his way to visit the local Carrier factory and later hold a rally in Cincinnati.
The producer told Malveaux she would give a signal if Trump's plane happened to land during the live hit. She then apparently gave one more signal, but that didn't fly with the CNN bosses.
“That means his plane’s crashed," the producer is heard saying in the video, which was obtained by FTVLive.com. "Just kidding,” the same producer then adds.
The comment prompted an awkward reaction from Malveaux, whose eyes immediately opened wide. The reporter then laughed off the unseemly joke.
On Friday, CNN released a statement regarding the "inappropriate" comment made by one of its producers, who was not identified.
An unfortunate and inappropriate remark was made by one of our producers off camera yesterday. We have apologized to the Trump transition team, and the producer has been disciplined.