CNN anchor Kate Bolduan lost it on Trump-supporting former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie during a Tuesday night roundtable interview. Discussing reports that President Donald Trump had shared highly classified information with Russian diplomats during last week's White House meeting, Bolduan became enraged during the segment.
When asked by Bolduan if it frightened him — as a military man — that Trump may have shared classified information with Russian officials, Higbie fired back hard.
"I’ve been sitting here quietly listening to all this B.S. quite frankly," Higbie observed of the rest of the panel at the roundtable discussion. "Did you listen to anything [White House National Security Adviser H.R.] McMaster said today? Where he said, ‘I was in the room, that didn’t happen?'”
Higbie was referencing McMaster's comments, which alleged that Trump's conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was "wholly appropriate."
As Bolduan's temper rose, Higbie became more composed.
Higbie attacked outlets — such as CNN — over using "anonymous sources" who were purportedly "knowledgeable of the situation" regarding the Russian meeting and were running with the allegations.
“You’re basing all of these allegations off of one or maybe two sources,” Higbie said. “Two former officials? Come out, name those people, then we’ll have something to talk about.”
Bolduan claimed that many other — liberal — outlets received the same type of tips from "anonymous" sources, such as ABC, NBC and The New York Times.
“Yeah, but who are the sources?" Higbie asked. "Oh, because they’re hiding behind this anonymity.”
Bolduan was triggered by Higbie's dismissal of the anonymous sources and began shouting at the former Navy SEAL.
“Oh, please! Please!" Bolduan shouted. “Do not even start with me, that you’re just going to attack sources. That is ridiculous!”
Higbie, undeterred, asked Bolduan outright if she felt that McMaster was lying.
“I’m not saying McMaster is lying," Bolduan countered. "He didn’t answer the question. You cannot attack — do not attack — the stellar reporters of CNN, who have their sources and would protect their sources.”
Seeming to find the term "stellar reporters" entertaining, Higbie mocked, “OK, the stellar reporters of CNN that I am going to attack right now and say: ‘Guess what? I don’t believe them because they are staying anonymous. If they stand behind the story, come out, face the camera.”
See the heated exchange in the video below.