On the Friday night broadcast of his CNN show, Anderson Cooper told network commentator and Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord that if the president took a "dump on his desk" he would defend it.
"I don't know what he would do that you would not defend," Cooper added.
"Anderson, this is offending Eastern media elite sensibilities," Lord replied.
Cooper later apologized for the remark.
"Jeff, I regret the crude sentence I spoke earlier," Cooper said. "I apologize, you know, I like having your voice on here, I think you're an important voice to us. I'm sorry."
ANDERSON COOPER: Jeff, I got to start with you. Sean Spicer didn't deny the president said these things about director Comey, do you defend the president on this one?
JEFFREY LORD, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: No. I think, he's perfectly within his rights to say them. I mean, he's the President of the United States. He can say what he wants. COOPER: Right. He can say what he wants, is it smart?
LORD: Well, sure -- I mean, sure I mean, he gets subjective about this and as a matter of fact (INAUDIBLE)
COOPER: Well yes, I'm not asking is it subjective, is it smart?
LORD: Is it smart? Well, I don't think it matters, either way, in truth, I really don't and, Anderson, I just want to say this.
COOPER: I believe that's a punt.
LORD: But, we're talking about all this Washington -- what? I'm sorry?
COOPER: I said, I believe, that's called a punt. I don't know much about sports but I believe that's a punt.
LORD: No, no. Anderson, Anderson, look, this is not, you know, some smoking gun. That's his honest opinion which lord knows if he hasn't said it to the Russians (INAUDIBLE)
COOPER: His honest opinion is that the former FBI director is a nut job and that this relieves some of the pressure on the Russian stuff? That's his honest opinion. I have no doubt that that's his honest opinion but do you think that that is smart for a guy under investigation to be saying that?
LORD: Yes, I do and I'll tell you exactly why I think it's smart. Remember this statement from President Obama? "Tell Vladimir I'll be more flexible after the election", quote, unquote, to the Russian prime minister, caught on a high (INAUDIBLE) now, that is what you call collusion with Russians. Vladimir, for all we know, was flexible with Barrack Obama to help him be reelected, was there a call for a special prosecutor?
COOPER: Was there an investigation by the FBI? Was there a special counsel? No, and no and no and so I know -- I mean, yes, I know you got to bring up Obama every time or, you know, got to bring up somebody else --
LORD: I got it, I got it (INAUDIBLE)
COOPER: Because, you can't really defend it in all fairness. You can't defend what the president of the United States just said.
LORD: I don't care -- I mean, I don't care what he says to the Russian prime -- to the Russians. I mean, he's the president of the United States. If he wants to say that, Barack Obama wants to say whatever -- if George Bush says I looked in his eyes --
COOPER: If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend him. I mean, I don't know what he would do that you would not defend. I mean, you're a loyal guy. I think that speaks well of you but I --
LORD: Anderson, this is offending Eastern media elite sensibilities.
Right here in America, they all think, yes, the FBI director was a nut job and worse.