'A distraction tactic': MSNBC's Katy Tur nails why Trump fired Shulkin in light of Flynn pardon report
Donald Trump speaking at the Iowa Republican Party's 2015 Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said that President Donald Trump's firing of Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin was designed to distract from whether the commander in chief will pardon Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.

"Why does Ronnie L. Jackson sound familiar to you, dear viewer?" Tur asked. "Because that is the doctor that the president gets to use, that is the doctor that came to the podium and talked about the president's physical the other day, his mental status.

Dr. Jackson was featured in the Saturday Night Live cold-open on the one-year anniversary of Trump being sworn-in.

"And it is interesting timing, because everybody has been talking about that New York Times report that said that John Dowd, the president's former lawyer in the Mueller investigation, was asking Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn's lawyers about whether they were interested in a presidential pardon," Tur noted. "Good idea to announce this to change the subject."

"It does feel like a distraction tactic to me," Tur noted.

"Totally," former RNC Chair Michael Steele said.

"Am I crazy," Tur asked.

"It is totally that," Steele confirmed. "And folks were waking up this morning having a news that was breaking and now we're talking about Shulkin."

"How many more people can he fire in order to distract us from the Mueller investigation?" Tur asked.

Steele replied Trump has "a good seven or eight more weeks of firing he can do here."