MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski blasted President Donald Trump for acting like a “bumbling idiot” by threatening to hold government business hostage in an effort to end the investigations threatening his presidency.
Talk of impeachment has begun to heat up, and the president stormed out of a meeting with Democratic leadership and delivered a self-pitying rant outside the White House after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused him of engaging in a “coverup.”
“This whole thing yesterday looked ridiculous,” Brzezinski said. “It was like a kids’ play that was set up by a bunch of bumbling idiots, that they thought they were tricking everyone, and all the parents are like, yes, this is really happening! When it was obvious that the president set this up, acted like a complete idiot, had a temper tantrum, and walked out and left the actual job of the government undone.”
Co-host Willie Geist called the president’s performance “pathetic,” and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude Jr. said Trump’s threats were a disturbing glimpse at his view of executive power.
“Donald Trump said, in effect, that he was immune to the rule of law, and if he wasn’t immune to the rule of law, then none of the people’s business would get done,” Glaude said. “We’ve moved beyond autocratic to almost monarchical.”
Trump brags about his ability to close deals, but Scarborough said he’s proven he cannot reach agreements on legislation even with his own party in power.
“He’s not getting anything done,” Scarborough said. “You say he’s shaking thing up, yeah — just like putting a horse in a hospital.”
Trump’s Russian arms control negotiator failed to disclose ties to Russian agent’s boyfriend: report
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Andrea Thompson, a State Department official in managing U.S. arms control negotiations with Russia, had a years-long personal friendship with GOP operative Paul Erickson, the boyfriend of admitted Russian agent Maria Butina — and failed to disclose this either to the Senate during her confirmation hearings, or to her superiors at the State Department.
The NRA hired a CFO who was caught embezzling: report
Wilson "Woody" Phillips, Jr. once worked at an employee-benefits consulting firm that was supposed to pay $45,000 to a Texas company. Yet, somehow, the money was rerouted.
According to a report from The New Yorker, when the companies were going back and forth about where the missing $45,000 went, they realized it had been routed to an account in Maryland, under the name of Hughes.
“They gave me records saying who the account belonged to,” accounts-payable manager Mary Hughes recalled in an interview. “And, sure enough, it was Woody’s.”
Russian-American businessman at heart of Trump Tower Moscow project will testify to Congress on Friday
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Felix Sater, the Russian-American real-estate developer at the center of the proposal to build a Trump Tower project in Moscow in 2016, will testify before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing on Friday.
Sater, in addition to working on the planning for Trump Tower Moscow, escorted Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. to Russia during the preliminary stages of the project, which never came to fruition.