Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy Asks John Bolton: Did Putin Lie to Trump About Election Meddling?

Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy cut right to the chase with National Security Advisor John Bolton Tuesday — asking him if Russian President Vladimir Putin lied to President Donald Trump‘s face when he said that Russia didn’t interfere in the election. “I don’t think there is any question that the Russian state is involved and that’s why the President wanted the four heads of some of the key agencies involved in detecting and preventing foreign election meddling to go out and tell the American people exactly what they’re doing,” Bolton said. “Now, they couldn’t tell them everything because obviously you’re not going to tell our adversaries what we are doing so they can evade it, but certainly in general terms so that people could have faith that the government is protecting the integrity of the election process.” “The President knew what they were going to say because he Continue reading "Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy Asks John Bolton: Did Putin Lie to Trump About Election Meddling?"

Jake Tapper Grills Bolton: Why Can’t Trump Denounce Russian Election Meddling as Seriously as You?

CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed National Security Advisor John Bolton on Monday over President Trump‘s reluctance to condemn Russia’s election interference the way top U.S. intelligence and security officials do. As Tapper asked about how the White House is dealing with the latest news on Iran, he eventually brought up the recent press briefing ensemble where Bolton and his colleagues warned that Russia still threatens democratic institutions. Since Trump has never been able to condemn Russia to such a degree, Tapper cut to the chase and asked Bolton “why not? Why can’t President Trump condemn Russian election interference with the same vociferousness that you’re able to?” “That’s simply inaccurate,” said Bolton, who insisted that Trump recognizes Russia’s actions and wants to stop it from happening again in the future. Bolton continued to say that he and his colleagues had their recent ensemble because Trump wanted them to tell Continue reading "Jake Tapper Grills Bolton: Why Can’t Trump Denounce Russian Election Meddling as Seriously as You?"

Chris Wallace Pushes John Bolton on Trump’s Media Attacks: ‘What Wars Have We Started?’

Fox News’ Chris Wallace pressed National Security Adviser John Bolton to explain President Donald Trump‘s accusation that the press was capable of inciting violent conflict, finding his rhetoric to be over-the-top. “What wars have we started?” Wallace asked during an interview Sunday. “I think the issue of press bias has been around for a long, long time,” Bolton said, giving an indirect response to the question at hand. “As a boy, I supported Barry Goldwater in 1964. I thought the press was biased against him. I don’t think it’s changed much since then.” Wallace agreed there were problems of accuracy in the media, but he felt Trump’s tweet earlier in the day calling journalists sick and divisive was a step too far. “That’s the president’s view based on the attacks that the media have made on him,” Bolton said, avoiding any rejection of Trump’s hate-mongering statements. “There Continue reading "Chris Wallace Pushes John Bolton on Trump’s Media Attacks: ‘What Wars Have We Started?’"

Bolton: Trump and Putin Won’t Have Second Summit Until Next Year, After the ‘Russia Witch Hunt is Over’

White House national security adviser John Bolton says they’re scrapping plans to hold another meeting Russia in the foreseeable future. There was a lot of buzz on Tuesday after Russian officials spoke to the media and apparently rejected President Donald Trump‘s offer to hold another meeting with Vladimir Putin as a follow-up to Helsinki. As it were, Bolton just told reporters that Trump and Putin won’t meet one on one until next year, by which point, the president suspects that the “Russia witch hunt” will be history.

John Bolton: It’s ‘Hard to Believe’ Putin Was Unaware of Russian Election Meddling

National Security Advisor John Bolton says it is “hard to believe” that Russian President Vladimir Putin was unaware of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. During an interview with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl Sunday on This Week, Bolton was asked by Karl about Putin’s knowledge of the meddling. Bolton replied by noting that when he spoke with Putin in preparation for the summit in June, the Russian president “made it plain that he said the Russian state was not involved.” Karl then asked the NSA head if there was any way “we could have 12 officials, some of them quite senior in Russian military intelligence, carry out an operation to undermine a U.S. presidential election and Putin himself would not know?” “I find it hard to believe,” Bolton replied. “But that’s what one of the purposes of this meeting is, so the president can see Continue reading "John Bolton: It’s ‘Hard to Believe’ Putin Was Unaware of Russian Election Meddling"

ABC’s Jon Karl Confronts Bolton Over White House Pulling His CNN Interview: Is That Appropriate?

During a lengthy interview previewing the Russia summit and addressing the special counsel indictments, ABC News’ Jon Karl took a moment to ask John Bolton about the White House’s war with CNN. The White House national security advisor was supposed to be on with Jake Tapper this morning, but after that confrontation between Trump and Jim Acosta at the President’s UK press conference, the White House yanked Bolton from CNN. (Tapper told his audience this morning that Bolton was “prepared to do the interview.”) On This Week today, Karl first asked Bolton about Trump’s attacks on the press in general and how it contributes to the environment wherein dictators like Putin actually repress free speech. Bolton responded, “I think the question’s silly.” Karl then brought up the CNN kerfuffle and asked, “Is it really appropriate to deny a news organization access to a White House official because a Continue reading "ABC’s Jon Karl Confronts Bolton Over White House Pulling His CNN Interview: Is That Appropriate?"

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: