Fox’s Wallace and CNN’s Tapper Both Call Trump-Kim Meeting a ‘Failed Summit’ to Bolton’s Face


Fox News’s Chris Wallace and CNN’s Jake Tapper both interrogated U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton over the president’s summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on their respective Sunday shows. Both anchors called the highly anticipated meeting “failed” in their interviews with the official.

“Following the failed summit in Vietnam, where does diplomacy stand between the United States and North Korea?” asked Wallace on Fox News Sunday, days after President Donald Trump left the meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam without a denuclearization agreement.

“I don’t agree at all that it was a failed summit,” Bolton protested. “I think the obligation of the president of the United States is to defend and advance American national security interest. And I think he did that that by rejecting a bad deal and by trying again to persuade Kim Jong Un to take the big deal that really could make a difference for North Korea.”

Bolton added that Trump “made a very important point” to North Korea and other countries that he’s not “desperate” to make deals.

Wallace continued by pressing Bolton on whether it made sense to hold a summit with the North Koreans in the first place.

On CNN, Jake Tapper was equally harsh, opening his interview by calling the meeting a “failed summit.”

“Did this summit end up helping North Korea more than the United States?” he asked Bolton.

“No, I think it was unquestionably a success for the United States because the president protected, defended American interests,” Bolton replied.

“But in terms of the outcome, the president has conducted this diplomacy different from prior administrations,” he continued, pointing out that all three previous administrations failed to resolve the issue.

“The president has decided to shake things up in North Korean diplomacy,” Bolton insisted, to an unconvinced Tapper.

Watch both interviews above, via Fox News and CNN.

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