Sarah Sanders Explains Bolton Interview Cancellation: ‘A CNN Reporter Disrespected POTUS’
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained in a Saturday tweet the White House’s reasoning behind John Bolton’s cancelled CNN interview that was scheduled for Sunday.
Bolton had been scheduled to appear on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning, but host Jake Tapper noted via Twitter that the White House had “canceled it.”
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 that a CNN reporter, presumably Jim Acosta, had “disrespected” President Trump and British Prime Minster Theresa May during their press conference Friday.
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
“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,” Sanders tweeted in response.
After Acosta shouted a question at Trump during the Friday press conference, Trump hammered CNN as “fake news” and stated that he would rather take the question from a “real” news network before shifting to Fox News’ John Roberts. (RELATED: Acosta Shouts Question After Getting Shut Down At Press Conference – Trump Answers With One Word)
Trump ended up answering a question Acosta shouted at the end of the presser about whether he would confront Putin on election interference with a “yes” as he walked away. (RELATED: Trump Calls Acosta A ‘Nice Guy’ In Twitter Takedown Of ‘Fake News’ CNN)