MSNBC host Joy Reid elicited smirks of derision from her panel on Saturday morning when she pointed out that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was MIA during all the Syria saber-rattling depute being the man tasked with bringing peace to the Middle East.
Speaking with national security expert Malcolm Nance, the AM Joy host pointed out that the situation in Syria was complex and fraught with danger, before making light of Kushner’s absence and his lightweight geopolitical experience.
“We don’t have an ambassador in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin reminded the AM Joy host. “In addition to the fact that we do not have a secretary of state. So you don’t even have the diplomatic food soldiers waking up in capitals of Arab cities saying to the governments, ‘here is what we need from you and here is what we can offer to you to get on board.'”
“There’s a diplomatic vacuum,” he continued you’re asking what happens in terms of the message we’re sending, we’re not sending any messages.”
Reid then turned to Nance.
‘But Malcom, we have Jared!” the MSNBC host smirked. “Jared’s job was to solve all the Middle East problems. He is bestties with the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia. He is pitching loan ideas to Qatar. So where is Jared?”
“Well, to be honest, who cares?” Nance shot back, making the panel laugh. “Because he is not a player in this. What has happened here — our diplomacy is a giant vacuum, not just in the Middle East, but around the world. Many ambassadors have not been appointed and virtually no undersecretaries are sitting in their positions.”
“That means [Defense Secretary] General Mattis and the Defense Department are the de facto diplomats in this engagement,” he warned. “They are speaking and doing diplomacy with a hammer. And if that’s the case, then we’re going to be fighting these wars a very long time.”
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