“That’s a silly question.”
What: White House National Security Adviser John Bolton shut down a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland Thursday after a reporter asked him if he considers President Donald Trump a “security risk.”
Bolton travelled to Geneva to meet with with Russian National Security Council Director Nikolai Patrushev to discuss the issue of whether Russia meddled in the 2016 American presidential election. However, Bolton spoke to reporters alone Thursday following his announcement that he and Patrushev had failed to reach an agreement on the matter.
During the press conference, Bolton took several questions regarding his meeting with Patrushev. The final question of the briefing fell to the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes. Referencing Paul Manafort’s conviction on eight counts of tax fraud as well as Michael Cohen’s pleading guilty to eight federal crimes, Foulkes asked Bolton if he sees President Trump as a potential “security risk.”
Asked if he is “ever concerned” that Pres. Trump is a “security risk,” White House national security adviser John Bolton says, “of course not, that’s a silly question … honestly, have a little faith in the American people who elected him president” https://t.co/lu7ofPibr0 pic.twitter.com/KEguRaa0wv
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 23, 2018
“Of course not, I mean that’s a silly question,” said Bolton in reply. “I just spoke to him literally a few minutes ago and we have performed here in exactly the way I think the two leaders would have expected us to.”
The press conference ended immediately after.
Why: President Donald Trump has fallen under intense pressure this week after his longtime former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts Tuesday and implicated Trump in campaign violations committed prior to the 2016 election.