Cuomo: Trump betrayed country as exercise in vanity.
CNN's Chris Cuomo reacts to President Donald Trump's comments
during the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
Cuomo said that in the past about an incident that happened in the past.
Why would you use the present tense?
Everything you said is true, Ori, but speakers do have personal choices. If his focus was on a particular event then ...ed is fine.