Early this morning, a tweet was posted from Anderson Cooper’s Twitter account, calling President Trump a “tool” and a “pathetic loser.” Both Cooper and CNN quickly denied it came from Cooper.
Of the incident, Cooper said, “Just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account. I have not sent a tweet in days or replied to any tweets.”
Cooper indicated he and CNN were going to look into how his account was compromised and how the tweet was posted.
In a new statement to the Washington Post, a CNN spokesperson said, “Geolocation tools confirm that the tweet in question was not sent from Anderson Cooper’s phone. Anderson was in Washington, and we have proof the tweet was sent from New York, from a phone belonging to his assistant. His assistant inadvertently left his phone unlocked and unattended at the gym early this morning, and someone took the phone and sent the tweet.”
The spokesperson added that his assistant had been with Cooper for more than a decade, and “is the only other person with access to Anderson’s Twitter account.”