The White House canceled national security adviser John Bolton's appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," according to host Jake Tapper.
Tapper said Bolton was "fully prepared to do the interview" but that the White House ditched the appearance after President Donald Trump attacked a CNN reporter during a UK press conference.
During the exchange, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta sought to ask Trump a question after he attacked the network, and Trump responded that "CNN is fake news" and refused to call on Acosta.
The national security adviser John Bolton was scheduled to appear on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning. But on Saturday, Jake Tapper, the show's host, tweeted that the White House had canceled Bolton's interview after President Donald Trump attacked a CNN reporter during his trip to the UK this week.
"The president attacked CNN during his UK presser, and our WH correspondent tried to ask a question," Tapper wrote.
Tapper was referring to an exchange on Friday at a joint press conference held by Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked the president for a question "since you attacked CNN." Trump responded to that by asserting that "CNN is fake news" and refused to call on Acosta.
"I don't take questions from CNN," he added.
Tapper also wrote in his tweet that "Bolton remains fully prepared to do the interview" even though it was canceled by the White House.
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
Bolton has been on "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper numerous times since joining the Trump administration. The White House has not commented on the reason for canceling Bolton's appearance.