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!
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 4, 2019
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.
— kathryn f (@verdiKat) June 4, 2019
Narrator: the boos were not for John Bolton.
— αmαи∂α ṧтᎥƚтʐ (@AJS71) June 4, 2019
@IvankaTrump the boos were def for you!!
— grace kenny (@SloGrace) June 4, 2019
LOL! @kilmeade know darn well they booed the shyt out of Ivanka.
— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) June 4, 2019
He LOVES IT.🙄 pic.twitter.com/AyTr1j2h5m
— MellyMed🦋 (@mel_med_larson) June 4, 2019
But, wait, more importantly:
Why is Ivanka meeting with world leaders?!
— Tardis_lass (@Heathfeath45) June 4, 2019
How do we live in a world where Ivanka goddamn Trump is an advisor to the President of the United States of America? Or, actually, why do we live in a world where this has been allowed to happen?
— JamieKadriel (@JamieKadriel) June 4, 2019
Why is sweatshop Barbie there??
— Brooklyn Kid 718 (@BigLdaGod) June 4, 2019
At least Bolton is likely willing to be the scapegoat. After all, “he loves that label.”