Sunday Talk Shows (5/13/18): Meet The Press, Face The Nation, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Bernie Sanders

The Sunday morning talk shows will focus on North Korea and national security.
By Allen McDuffee
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Guests on the Sunday talk shows indicate that developments on North Korea, Iran and national security will be the focus of discussion this week. That’s in no small part because newly-confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned from North Korea with freed prisoners and Kim Jung-un has paid lip service to U.S. demands that the country end its nuclear program. Pompeo will appear on CBS’ Face The Nation and Fox News Sunday.

However, another side of the North Korea story will certainly be told by harsh North Korea critic and National Security adviser John Bolton when he appears on ABC’s This Week and CNN’s State of the Union. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham will appear on CBS’ Face The Nation and should be expected to discuss his recent decision to not support the nomination of Gina Haspel, who appeared before a Senate panel for a confirmation hearing as the CIA director hopeful. Several Sunday talk show guests will have something to say about President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Iran nuclear agreement.

Also worth noting: Bernie Sanders will appear on CNN’s State of the Union. Let’s see if he’s asked about a 2020 run, especially since his 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver is also appearing on the same show.

Full Sunday talk show line-up below. What catches your eye?

  • NBC’s Meet The Press: Preempted for Premier League soccer
  • CBS’ Face The Nation: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Robert Gates, former secretary of defense and CIA director; Dan Balz; The Washington Post; Salena Zito, Washington Examiner; Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic; Seung Min Kim, The Washington Post

  • ABC’s This Week: National Security Adviser John Bolton; Evan Osnos, The New Yorker; Jonathan Cheng, The Wall Street Journal; Sue Mi Terry, CSIS
  • Fox News Sunday: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Admiral Mike Mullen (ret.); Karl Rove, Fox News; Michael Anton, former Trump national security spokesman; Donna Edwards, former Congresswoman (D-MD); Charles Lane, The Washington Post
  • CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); National Security Adviser John Bolton; Rep. Val Demings (D-FL); Michael Caputo, former Trump adviser; Jeff Weaver, former Sanders campaign manager; Amanda Carpenter, CNN

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