Sarah Sanders: We Pulled John Bolton from Tapper Interview Because CNN ‘Disrespected’ Trump
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained on Saturday why John Bolton was pulled from a planned appearance on CNN.
CNN’s Jake Tapper claimed Saturday morning that Bolton, President Donald Trump‘s national security adviser, cancelled on an interview for his Sunday show State of the Union.
The CNN host claimed the interview was cancelled after the network’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta exchanged heated words with Trump at his U.K. press conference on Friday.
Update: @AmbJohnBolton had been locked in for tomorrow’s @CNNSOTU. Then the president attacked CNN during his UK presser, and our WH correspondent tried to ask a question. We are told Amb. Bolton remains fully prepared to do the interview but the White House has canceled it.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 14, 2018
Sanders responded, in a concise demonstration of why she’s a dreadful press secretary, by slamming Acosta for “disrespecting” the president — without naming the CNN reporter.
“Instead of rewarding bad behavior, we decided to reprioritize the TV appearances for administration officials,” she wrote.
Actually a @CNN reporter disrespected @POTUS & PM May during their press conf. Instead of rewarding bad behavior, we decided to reprioritize the TV appearances for administration officials. https://t.co/58LaJH6WaD
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 14, 2018
Stay classy Sarah.
Speaking of poor press relations, the White House still has not responded to Mediaite’s report on Darla Shine, the wife of White House communications chief Bill Shine, and her racist tweets.
UPDATE: CNN’s Brian Stelter responds:
“Disrespected?” After Trump insulted CNN, Acosta said, “Mr. President, since you attacked CNN, can I ask you a question?” Then Acosta said CNN is real, not fake. And that’s that. https://t.co/6M6RJTCyVO
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 14, 2018
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