Fox News was working overtime Tuesday morning ahead of President Donald Trump's press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Trump's approval rating in the United Kingdom—where his presence has brought massive protests complete with Trump baby blimps and even robots—is a measly 21 percent.
One Fox and Friends host had to reach even further than usual to make the president, his family, and his administration look good.
This was most evident than when onlookers showered the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and National Security Advisor John Bolton with emphatic boos as the pair emerged from 10 Downing Street to watch the joint press conference.
But Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade was quick to assure that the boos weren't for Ivanka, but for Bolton.
WOW -- huge boos for Ivanka and John Bolton when they emerge for the news conference! (@kilmeade quickly tries to… https://t.co/iCBPwvdcCs— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1559653063.0
The boos became unignorable, observed by a cohost who asked: "Does that sound like some booing?"
Kilmeade leapt to the rescue:
"It does. It's not for Ivanka, it's for John Bolton, he loves it. He pretty much is looked at as somebody who's the tough guy in that administration and he loves that label."
Given that Ivanka Trump is a far more recognizable face within the administration, having faced widespread criticism for using the White House to boost her business and—ironically enough—for her emails, it's likely that at least some of the booing was intended for her.
Which is exactly what people pointed out to Kilmeade.
@atrupar @kilmeade Yes, we Brits love to boo John Bolton, because we recognise the macho nature of his 'tough guy'… https://t.co/pTCLfZRxPU— kathryn f (@kathryn f) 1559654352.0
@atrupar @kilmeade Narrator: the boos were not for John Bolton.— αmαи∂α ṧтᎥƚтʐ (@αmαи∂α ṧтᎥƚтʐ) 1559654302.0
@atrupar @kilmeade @IvankaTrump the boos were def for you!!— grace kenny (@grace kenny) 1559653496.0
@atrupar @Politidope @kilmeade LOL! @kilmeade know darn well they booed the shyt out of Ivanka.— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) 1559658020.0
@atrupar @kilmeade He LOVES IT.🙄 https://t.co/AyTr1j2h5m— MellyMed (@MellyMed) 1559657605.0
But, wait, more importantly:
@atrupar @kilmeade Why is Ivanka meeting with world leaders?!— Tardis_lass (@Tardis_lass) 1559653242.0
@atrupar @kilmeade How do we live in a world where Ivanka goddamn Trump is an advisor to the President of the Unite… https://t.co/rcSLpsls1Y— JamieKadriel (@JamieKadriel) 1559655043.0
@atrupar @kilmeade Why is sweatshop Barbie there??— Brooklyn Kid 718 (@Brooklyn Kid 718) 1559653769.0
At least Bolton is likely willing to be the scapegoat. After all, "he loves that label."