You answer in the affirmative, but then go on to clarify that you're excluding 95% of the job. I would simplify this to say "no, you can't".
He's trying to draw the distinction between these two questions.
The purpose is to Filter out people who can't code at all.
If you've ever hired developers you know how many people show up to interviews and genuinely cannot program to save their life.
You shouldn't need a 60-minute in-person interview to figure out that they can't code.