MSNBC’s Willie Geist revealed the horrifying and impulsive reason President Donald Trump abandoned Kurdish allies and placed them at risk of ethnic cleansing from Turkish forces.
The White House suddenly announced that U.S. troops would no longer cover the Kurds in northern Syria, opening the door to a long-planned Turkish strike, in a phone call with an angry Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“NBC News learned that the call initially was instigated to quell Erdoğan’s growing rage over not getting a sit-down with President Trump last month at the United Nations General Assembly,” Geist said.
The Turkish leader was furious about the perceived insult, and Trump tried to smooth things over by offering a White House visit — but that still didn’t appease Erdoğan, who insisted on carrying out a long-planned military operation in northern Syria.
Trump finally agreed to accept a moderate incursion, such as clearing out a safe zone, but told Erdoğan that U.S. troops would withdraw completely from Syria if Turkey launched major combat operations.
“So the reporting NBC News has is that basically Donald Trump was trying to get Erdoğan off the phone, because he was mad that he didn’t get to have the one-on-one with him here in New York a couple of weeks ago and said, ‘Okay, go into Syria,'” Geist said.
‘These are massive glitches’: CNN anchor explains how Trump’s small business loan program is failing
President Donald Trump is insisting that his administration's implementation of an emergency lending program for small businesses has been "flawless," but CNN anchor Julia Chatterley explained on Tuesday morning that the president's rosy assertion isn't close to being true.
During a panel discussion about the program, Chatterley said that the sheer number of calls from distressed small businesses has been completely overwhelming the system, which so far has been unable to handle the large volume.
"These are massive glitches," she said. "These are technology issues, the infrastructure can't deal with it... I heard one of the largest banks in the country issued billions of dollars of loans, [but] they only managed to upload applications to the tune of thirteen -- 1-3 -- on Sunday."
Morning Joe’s Mika: Thousands are dying of COVID-19 because Trump is ‘surrounded by inexperienced suck-ups’
MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski got right to the point on Tuesday morning by saying people are getting sick and dying in the U.S. because Donald Trump is surrounded by a collection of "suck-ups" who won't tell him the brutal truth about what is happening in the country.
As part of a "Morning Joe" panel discussion on the failings of the Trump administration to head off of the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the country -- despite ample warnings it was on the way -- Brzezinski, as well as co-host Willie Geist, levied some hard accusations against the president and his team.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika reveal why Trump likely ignored startlingly accurate COVID-19 memos
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski rebuked President Donald Trump for apparently ignoring startlingly accurate warnings from trade adviser Peter Navarro about the coronavirus pandemic.
Navarro's memos were circulated at the highest levels of government in January and February, but the president downplayed the virus until early March, when statewide lockdowns started wrecking the U.S. economy.
"In one worst-case scenario cited in the memo, Navarro warned that more than half a million Americans could die, and, yet, weeks after that, you had Donald Trump at rallies saying that in April when it warms up, this will miraculously go away," Scarborough said. "Put this in context with, I suppose you could say with 9/11, the memos warning of al-Qaeda attacks using airplanes, maybe missed signals FDR didn't pick up on before Pearl Harbor. I really don't know, though, what parallel there can be, because so many more people are going to die because of these missed signals."