This week, following National Security Adviser John Bolton’s announcement he had failed to reach an agreement with his Russian counterpart on election cyberattacks, he held a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
And he promptly shut it down after a reporter from the BBC asked him whether President Donald Trump is a “security risk.”
“Of course not, that’s a silly question. And I just spoke to him literally a few minutes ago, and we — we have performed here in exactly the way I think the two leaders would have expected us to, and you know, honestly, have a little faith in the American people who elected him president.”
With that, the press conference summarily ended.
In addition to the allegations that Trump and members of his team accepted election assistance from Russia, Trump has blatantly risked national security on prior occasions, including an incident in which he shared code-word Israeli intelligence with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office.
Bolton, an outspoken war hawk and former President George W. Bush’s rejected candidate for ambassador to the United Nations, is Trump’s third national security adviser since becoming president. He replaced Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, with whom Trump clashed on a number of issues, and who had in turn replaced Michael Flynn, who resigned in early 2017 and has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his dealings with Russia.
‘They want to kill us’: Police in Massachusetts slammed for tear-gassing black protesters
The racial dynamics that launched nationwide protests were on full display in Brockton, Massachusetts on Tuesday night.
Here are some of the videos from the scene.
Brockton is the Blackest city in Massachusetts, nestled in a racist county with some of the worst inequality in the state.
Spider-Man scales Manhattan Bridge — as NYPD corner protesters on the structure: report
Protesters on the Manhattan Bridge in New York City were greeted by a fascinating sight as a person wearing a Spiderman costume climbed the structure.
Tense situation in Manhattan - we’re at the Manhattan bridge where it crosses into Brooklyn. Police are blocking protesters from crossing into Manhattan. Protesters are chanting: let us through. Curfew went into effect at 8pmET https://t.co/PMDkll0RG0
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) June 3, 2020
‘No idea’: Defense Secretary claims he didn’t know White House was going to forcibly disperse protesters
On Tuesday, NBC News held an interview with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who denied advance knowledge of the White House's actions against peaceful protesters the day before.
"I thought I was going to do two things: to see some damage and to talk to the troops," said Esper. "I didn't know where I was going. I wanted to see how much damage actually happened." He said he believed they were only going to observe the damage to the bathroom in Lafayette Square, which had been vandalized.