White House: We canceled Bolton’s interview with CNN after network's Acosta 'disrespected' Trump

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Saturday that the White House decided to cancel an interview between CNN and national security adviser John Bolton after a CNN reporter “disrespected” President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE earlier this week.

CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper on Saturday tweeted that the White House intervened and canceled a scheduled interview with Bolton, who “remains fully prepared to do the interview” on Sunday. 

“Actually a @CNN reporter disrespected @POTUS & PM May during their press [conference],” Sanders tweeted in response. “Instead of rewarding bad behavior, we decided to reprioritize the TV appearances for administration officials.”


Sanders was referring to Trump's refusal to take questions from the network on Friday during an international press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump lashed out at the network after CNN reporter Jim Acosta tried to ask him a question.

“CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN,” Trump responded.

“Let’s go to a real network,” he added, giving a question to Fox News's John Roberts.

“Well we’re a real network too, sir,” Acosta responded.

Roberts said in a statement on Friday that Trump’s comments about CNN were “unfair” and criticized Trump for also attacking NBC.

Roberts, however, took heat from a CNN executive for not defending his fellow journalists in the moment.

“Nice try,” Matt Dornic, vice president of communications and digital partnerships, tweeted. “Your omission is glaring and your compliment backhanded. Next time try and show some class in the moment. And in your statement.”

Dornic later shared that Roberts had blocked him on Twitter.