Bolton defends Cheney amid clash with House conservatives
© Getty Images

Former Trump national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' MORE came to Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Trump: Liz Cheney's election remarks sparked by push to bring US troops home Biden's lead over Trump surpasses 6M votes as more ballots are tallied MORE’s (R-Wyo.) defense following a clash between her and other House Republicans behind closed doors on Capitol Hill.

“I know @Liz_Cheney as a principled leader who puts her country first. In the coming months, we are going to need lots of leaders to step up, speak their minds, & stand for their beliefs,” Bolton tweeted. 

The support for Cheney comes after an argument broke out between the Wyoming lawmaker and other conservatives in the House over her public support for leading infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciScott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge Rand Paul says Fauci owes parents and students an apology over pandemic measures MORE and for previously backing a primary challenger to Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieCheney seeks to cool tensions with House conservatives House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power Ron Paul hospitalized in Texas MORE (R-Ky.). 

Reps. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz: Trump 'should pardon everyone' including himself to quash liberal 'bloodlust' Florida passes 850k coronavirus cases Florida GOP Rep. Mike Waltz tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.), Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future Sunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on MORE (R-Ohio), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyThe Hill's Morning Report - Too close to call Chip Roy fends off challenge from Wendy Davis to win reelection in Texas Democrats seek wave to bolster House majority MORE (R-Texas) and more criticized Cheney at a closed-door GOP meeting, and Gaetz followed up with public criticism calling for Cheney to step down from her perch as GOP conference chair.

“Listen, we had a robust exchange of views," Cheney told The Hill after the meeting. “You know, we have disagreements, and so that's part of having a healthy conference debate. But I think that it's a healthy thing to have those kinds of disagreements, and I would imagine that we will be able to make sure that we're all together and I'll look forward to being in the majority and having many of those same people want to be team players when were in the majority.” 

Bolton is a longtime foreign policy hawk who has taken stances that align closely with Cheney’s on international affairs. He’s also recently adopted a more critical tone toward the president and his allies, many of whom berated Cheney on Tuesday. Bolton recently released a tell-all memoir about his tenure as President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE's national security adviser that includes embarrassing details for the White House.