MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts called President Donald Trump a “bumbling idiot” on Tuesday for the controversy surrounding missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, claiming Trump is “kowtowing” and letting “these tyrants kill journalists in the light of day.”
“Is this what Donald Trump promised people? I thought he was going to be a strong leader. Instead, he’s kowtowing and letting people, letting these autocrats, letting these tyrants kill journalists in the light of day,” co-host Joe Scarborough (pictured above right) said.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski replied, “That’s not who we are.”
Scarborough and Brzezinski reacted to the ongoing controversy surrounding Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, in Turkey and the role the Saudis played. The journalist disappeared after he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Sources told CNN that Saudi leaders are “preparing to acknowledge” that Khashoggi “died at the Saudi consulate.”
Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Tuesday to discuss Khashoggi’s disappearance and his fate — and the controversy has heightened tensions among Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Europe.
Trump spoke with the king on the phone Monday.
“Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen.’ He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!” Trump tweeted Monday.
Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened “to our Saudi Arabian citizen.” He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2018
The “Morning Joe” co-hosts — never ones to pass up an opportunity to bash Trump — pounced on the president and decried his diplomatic efforts toward countries such as Saudi Arabia and Russia, along with his frequent criticisms of the “fake news” media.
“Well, and look at the very places, Mika, that Donald Trump calls leaders friends. Vladimir Putin and Russia. Journalists are murdered there all the time. Opposition leaders are murdered there all the time,” Scarborough said.
“You look at what is obviously happening in Saudi Arabia, what happens in the Philippines. Other people mockingly and, actually, not even mockingly calling journalists ‘enemy of the people,’ but actually starting to parrot Donald Trump’s language,” he added. “Even Assad in Syria [is] now starting to parrot Trump’s language, ‘enemy of the people.'”
Brzezinski chimed in: “We’re looking at potentially a dead journalist.”
“Here we have Turkey trying to be the good guy, the white hat here. And yet, Mika, more journalists last year were either killed or imprisoned or persecuted in Turkey than any country in the world,” Scarborough said, insisting it is “getting more dangerous by the day for journalists across the world” during Trump’s presidency.
Brzezinski said “sowing doubt” and “propping up dictators” is “vintage Trump.”
“And he’s so in doubt and protecting [dictators] and saying maybe it could have been this or maybe it could have been that. He is showing extreme naïveté on the world stage. It hurts America, and it certainly makes him look like a weak leader,” she said, adding that Trump is “a bumbling idiot.”
Scarborough agreed, saying, “He does look so weak and so pathetic.”
My, my, my.