ABC co-anchor Martha Raddatz tried Sunday to prompt Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert to turn against President Donald Trump on “This Week,” but Bossert wasn’t about to fall for the trap.
Playing a video the president shared on Twitter of himself fighting back against CNN, Raddatz suggested that the tweet “seemed like a threat.”
“No one would perceive that as a threat,” Bossert replied. “I hope they don’t. I do think that he’s beaten up in a way on cable platforms that he has a right to respond to.”
The White House staffer proceeded to explain what much of the political class has yet to understand, that Trump is “the most genuine president and the most non-politician president we’ve seen in my lifetime.”
The video in question is a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek clip of Trump making one of his World Wrestling Entertainment appearances where he leaped onto a man and started punching him, with the CNN logo superimposed over the man’s face. The president included the hashtag #FraudNewsCNN.
Without naming names, Bossert also explained why Trump does what he does on social media.
“There’s a lot of cable new shows that reach directly into hundreds of thousands of viewers and they’re really not all very fair to the president,” Bossert said. “So I’m pretty proud of the president for developing a Twitter and a social media platform where he can talk directly to the American people.”
Raddatz would get the answer she wanted from Ana Navarro, a CNN contributor, who not only called Bossert “a wuss,” but said Trump’s tweet “is an incitement to violence. He is going to get somebody killed in the media.”
Watch the exchange between Raddatz and Bossert below:
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