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Bolton Skips Talk Show as Trump Punishes CNN

But he does appear on ABC to talk Putin
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2018 12:45 PM CDT
US National security adviser John Bolton gestures while speaking to the media after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(Newser) – John Bolton grabbed headlines Sunday for appearing and not appearing on morning talk shows. The White House nixed his planned appearance on CNN's State of the Union after President Trump apparently felt disrespected by a CNN journalist Friday, Bloomberg reports. "Actually a @CNN reporter disrespected @POTUS & PM May during their press conf," Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted. "Instead of rewarding bad behavior, we decided to reprioritize the TV appearances for administration officials." At the London presser, Trump had "a tense exchange" with CNN journalist Jake Acosta after refusing to take his question, per the Hill. "CNN is fake news. I don't take questions from CNN," Trump told Acosta. "Let's go to a real network," he added, turning to a Fox reporter. But Bolton did appear on ABC's This Week:

  • Disbelief: "I find it hard to believe," Bolton said when asked if Vladimir Putin took part in Russia's alleged hacks of the 2016 presidential election, per Politico. "But that's what one of the purposes of [Trump's upcoming summit with Putin] is, so the president can see eye to eye with President Putin and ask him about it."
  • Stronger now: Trump "was perfectly prepared to have [the indictment] come before the meeting with Putin," said Bolton of the 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted Friday for hacking the US election, per the Hill. "It shows that the justice system, the Department of Justice, are aware of these Russian efforts in election meddling, and I think the president can put this on the table and say, this is a serious matter that we need to talk about."
  • No extradition: "It's pretty silly for the president to demand something that he can’t get legally," Bolton said about Trump asking Putin to extradite the 12 officers, the Hill reports. "And this is a very serious matter. The Russians take the position, you can like it or not like it, that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens."
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