Anderson Cooper visited Stephen Colbert's Late Show on Monday and informed the host that he has taken active measures to keep from seeing President Trump's tweets on his newsfeed.
"I've actually muted the president on Twitter," said Cooper. "Don't tell him."
Colbert asked Cooper to elaborate on what muting means. "When you get annoying people tweeting you, you don't want to delete because then that tells them you've deleted them, so if you just mute them, they think you're still following them and you don't actually see their tweets," said Cooper. Colbert replied, "Anderson, then the tweets can get backed up and you get an infection."
Colbert pressed Cooper on how he can mute the president of the United States while being a serious journalist, and Cooper said he gets updates on what Trump says via his staff instead. "I just don't want to have that drama in my life," said the CNN anchor. "Listen, I have friends who have mania, I don't want to be around them all the time."
Trump's tweets are often a "large distraction" said Cooper, adding that he doesn't think that's Trump's sole intent. "This is like a real-time seismograph of the inner workings of the president's head, and it's fascinating," said Cooper. "He's like a live wire of emotion. We had to wait for decades to hear Nixon on tape. We hear Donald Trump in real time."
Just before Cooper came out on stage, Colbert brought out hischalkboard to talk about Putin's ties to Trump. He connected Putin by writing the letter "P" next to different links between Trump and Putin including Paul Manafort and Jeff Sessions.
"There's just so much 'p'," said Colbert. "All of these 'p's are coming off of Putin right now." He said Trump was "drowning in 'p'" and told the audience to "drink it in."