MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump is running another money-making scam by pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, against the advice of Republican lawmakers and his own administration.
Trump announced Islamic State militants had been defeated, which he later walked back, and ordered the Pentagon to begin planning for a full withdrawal of American forces in the civil war-torn Middle Eastern nation.
“This is the scariest thing,” said “Morning Joe” contributor Donny Deutsch. “He’s not beyond a ‘wag the dog’ (scenario). ‘Wag the Dog,’ of course, was a movie where a politician was in trouble and they created a fake war against Albania, and he’s doing the opposite right now.”
Deustch said the president’s baffling decision was intended as a diversion from the various investigations consuming his life’s work, as well as a string of political defeats.
“His latest production is an absurd lie that will end up possibly costing American lives,” he said. “We might be able to do a dotted line six years from now from a terrorist attack in this country that happened because we didn’t finish the job there.”
Scarborough said taking troops out of Syria was a “favor” to Russian president Vladimir Putin, who has already publicly expressed his approval, and Trump sold out Kurdish allies to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who considers them terrorists.
“There are two Trump Towers in Turkey,” Scarborough said. “As we always say here, it’s not about foreign policy and it’s not about political money, it’s about his money.”
Scarborough said the decision to leave Syria was part of Trump’s long con.
“I’ll say it again,” Scarborough said. “He’s not running for re-election. Everything he’s doing right now is to line his pockets two years from now.”
Donald Trump is no longer president: Robert Reich
You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.
By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.
He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV, and tweeting.
How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?
He has incited more police violence. Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.
Trump-loving Minneapolis police union boss calls the cops on a reporter for knocking on his door
Lt. Bob Kroll, the Trump-loving president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, called the police this week on a Washington Post reporter for the purported offense of knocking on the door of his house.
In an effort to get Kroll to respond to the charges that were filed this week against all four Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death, the Post sent one of its reporter to Krolls house after multiple other requests for comment went unanswered.
"A Washington Post reporter who knocked on Kroll’s door was soon pulled over by a police officer who said that Kroll had reported suspicious activity on his front porch and that 'he doesn’t want any press,'" the paper reports.
‘I know a dying administration when I see one’: British journalist says brutal crackdown will seal Trump’s doom
British journalist Ed Luce called out Senate Republicans for covering a dying Trump administration that's threatening U.S. democracy as it gasps for survival.
The Financial Times' chief U.S. commentator told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that President Donald Trump is trying to crack down on dissent and rally his hardcore base as the coronavirus and now nationwide protests against police brutality threaten his re-election chances.
"There are other Republican senators who are keeping silent because they know that what Trump is doing, what Trump is suggesting, is wrong," Luce said. they're scared of a backlash if they speak out."