Jake Tapper Responds to White House Pulling John Bolton Interview Over Supposed CNN ‘Disrespect’
CNN’s Jake Tapper opened this morning’s two-hour special edition of State of the Union by briefly addressing the minor dust-up between his network and the White House.
Tapper is live in Helsinki today for the big summit between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and national security adviser John Bolton was scheduled to be a guest on the program.
But as Tapper revealed, and Sarah Sanders later confirmed, the White House pulled the interview after that press conference exchange between Jim Acosta and the President:
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
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
Tapper had this to say today:
“We invited the White House to join us this morning to offer their respective on this important summit. The White House confirmed an interview with national security adviser Ambassador John Bolton. CNN arranged our show and schedules and crews accordingly, and then the White House cancelled the interview for ‘bad behavior.’ What was the ‘disrespect’ the White House took issue with? Well, nine minutes after President Trump attacked CNN unprompted during a press conference in the UK, our correspondent tried to ask the President a question.”
He showed the clip of Acosta that supposedly offended the White House so much and concluded, “We’re told that Ambassador Bolton was prepared to do the interview, and we invite him to join us––or anyone at the White House––any time.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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