Chris Wallace Presses Bolton on Trump’s Russia Rhetoric: Is He ‘Making Concessions to Putin’ Already?


Ahead of the big Trump-Putin summit, Fox News’ Chris Wallace spoke with National Security Advisor John Bolton about his recent meeting with Vladimir Putin and the public rhetoric from President Trump on Russia.

Referring to comments Trump recently made to Bret Baier, Wallace asked Bolton, “Does President Trump really think it’s going to be that easy to sway Vladimir Putin, would you do me a favor?”

Bolton simply said tat a “direct conversation” between the two leaders is an important starting point.

Wallace brought up concerns from world leaders and said there’s the impression Trump “seemed to be tougher on our allies at the G7 than he was on an adversary like Kim,” and some leaders are worried about what could happen if Trump criticizes NATO this week and then “goes and praises Putin.”

“I don’t read the way he conducted these meetings the same way,” Bolton said. “And I don’t think anybody ought to have a case of the vapors over the discussions we have in NATO or the G7 versus discussions with Putin and Kim Jong-un. They are very, very different, the president treats them differently.”

Wallace then looked at what Trump has actually said recently about Russia:

“He said that Russia should be invited back into the G7. In Canada, he reportedly told the other leaders Crimea, which Putin of course seized, is Russian because everybody who lives there speaks Russian. This week, he tweeted: ‘Russia continues to say they have nothing to do with meddling in our election.’ And the Pentagon is reportedly studying pulling troops out of Germany. So, the question is, is the President making concessions to Putin before the two men even sit down?”

“That long list of things you just read, it’s really an interesting catalog,” Bolton responded, “Some things are true, some things are not true, some things are partially true.”

When he finished, Wallace said, “Well, you say some of the things that we listed, these were all obviously reported, some of them were clearly true.”

He also pressed Bolton on reporting that Trump had said at the G7 that “Crimea is Russian because everyone who lives there speaks Russian.” You can watch above, via Fox News Sunday.

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