Well, John Bolton found himself in the unenviable position of trying to explain (away) the inexplicable last Sunday on Chris Wallace and Jake Tapper’s shows. As WaPo pointed out in Monday’s column by Aaron Blake:
Serving President Trump often means trying to square a rhetorical circle. Sometimes it requires pretending he didn’t say what he said. Other times you’ll (gently) distance yourself from something you clearly regard as ridiculous.
And if you’re John Bolton on Sunday, it’s both.
On two Sunday shows, Trump’s national security adviser was asked to account for Trump’s controversial comments about Otto Warmbier. Before Trump departed from their failed Hanoi summit last week, he gave North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a little gift. He said he didn’t believe Kim knew Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, had been mistreated in a North Korean prison before his death. This strained credulity, to say the least.