According to Trump's son, this was done to exaggerate the intensity of the floods as the cameraman can be seen standing in water that isn't so deep while filming Cooper. "What's worse is there's a simple solution that they refuse to accept. Stop Lying to try to make @realDonaldTrump look bad".
Trump Jr. responded to Cooper's report on Twitter, claiming Cooper lied about him, arguing he never explicitly stated the picture was from his Hurricane Florence coverage, and that it was meant merely to be "illustrative of the bs you sell!"
"The idea that I am kneeling in water to make it look deep is frankly idiotic", said Cooper before explaining a picture of him shared by Trump Jr. He said Cooper read his tweet all wrong.
Cooper pointed out that Trump Jr. wasn't the only one spreading around the photo on social media.
Both pictures show Cooper reporting not from the Carolinas or Virginia this past week or weekend, but rather from Texas, during the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Yet, a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. compelled him to speak up and clarify a few things about his network's coverage of Hurricane Florence.
Cooper clapped back to the tweet on air during Anderson Cooper 360, showing pictures of Trump Jr. with hunting trophies saying, "I know he considers himself an outdoorsman and pays a lot of money to be led to wildlife in Africa that he then kills".
"For those who think I was kneeling or faking the water level or making it look worse than it was or standing in some sort of a hole, this is an area where people had been trapped on the roofs of their homes by water", Cooper explained during his show on CNN.
Cooper said on air that he rarely responds to conspiracy theorists, but "in the interest of honesty and transparency", he made a decision to explain what the pictures show and debunk the fake news claim.
"I'm not done", he said, five minutes in.
He explained that he was staying off of the road so that he wouldn't get in the way of evacuations and that the camera crews had to stand on the road so that the equipment wouldn't get wet. Additionally, he was trying to illustrate the unsafe nature of trying to travel along those streets, as people often attempt to drive around blockades or debris and quickly find themselves in water deeper than they had anticipated, he explained.
One trump official wrote on Instagram: "You know it's sad when even the WEATHER is #FakeNews". "[.] I tell you all of this to point out the obvious - there was plenty of deep water all around".
It's not the first time that Cooper has taken time on his show to deliver a monologue aimed at the president or his surrogates.