Joe Scarborough declared it “the swampiest swamp of all.” The Morning Joe host is referring to a New York Times report from the weekend connecting the dots between President Donald Trump‘s attempts to rescue Chinese telecom giant ZTE from bankruptcy, and new trademarks awarded to daughter Ivanka Trump‘s businesses by China. It’s “an exchange for family members getting sweetheart business deals,” Scarborough said. Later, the Morning Joe panel addressed the apparent conflict of interest in depth: John Heilemann joked that China “was the centerpiece of [Trump’s] campaign — Make China Great Again.” Heilemann noted that Trump family self-enrichment is constant, but every once in a while something happens that is so “flagrant” it attracts attention. “It’s utterly outrageous, and yet it goes on everyday,” Heilemann said. “This seems like such a flagrant conflict that violates everything that … [Read more...] about Morning Joe Rips Trump and Ivanka For ‘Implicit Quid Pro Quo’ With China: ‘Utterly Outrageous’
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Joe Scarborough teamed up with Mike Barnicle on Tuesday in order to denounce President Trump and the GOP for distracting America from Russia’s breach of the country’s national security. Morning Joe today took on Trump’s demand for a Department of Justice investigation into whether his 2016 campaign was “infiltrated” by the FBI. Barnicle criticized members of the House Freedom Caucus for attacking the conduct of America’s intelligence agencies while declining to acknowledge the evidence that Russians were messing with the country’s core foundations. Scarborough kicked off by calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to stand up to Republican congressmen Devin Nunes and Mark Meadows for their attempts to subvert the Russia investigation and destroy the GOP. “They’ve never mentioned the fact that we were victims of an act of war,” Barnicle said. “Mike, we have a commander-in-chief…” Scarborough … [Read more...] about Morning Joe Slams White House For Distracting From Russia Probe: Trump is ‘Not Defending the Republic’
Morning Joe on Friday held a discussion about whether Stormy Daniels‘ lawyer is using his nonstop media campaign as an audition for CNN and MSNBC. The idea came up as Joe Scarborough went through the latest news about Michael Cohen‘s controversial lobbying work, and how it almost certainly connects to President Trump. MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch was on today’s panel, and after telling his colleagues about his latest conversation with Trump’s personal lawyer, said that Michael Avenatti looks like he has been “jumping the shark” with his media appearances lately. “We’ve all watched the media a bit and obviously he’s done a lot of interesting things, if I’m managing Michael Avenatti at this point, I wouldn’t be on the air six hours a day. You’re starting to feel, as somebody who is in the media and watching the media, a guy who is a losing a little sight of where he is, of the position he’s in, and you … [Read more...] about Morning Joe on Avenatti’s Media Blitz: Is He ‘Auditioning’ For MSNBC Chief Phil Griffin?
“I think it’s a fair time to start asking this question,” said Joe Scarborough Thursday morning on MSNBC. “What did Mike Pence know and when did he know it?” Mike Pence is often spared of the venom spewed by the Morning Joe crew in the direction of President Donald Trump and many others in his administration. But Scarborough and company turned their ire upon the vice president following his comments to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell — in which he called for a hasty end to special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe. “In the interest of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up, and I would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion,” Pence said. To Scarborough, that plea from the veep was a red flag. “Mike Pence has been claiming that he was just out in the dark,” the MSNBC host said. “And that he was just this clueless, hapless Indiana Hoosier that Donald … [Read more...] about Morning Joe Laces Into Pence For His Call to End Mueller Probe: ‘Playing the Role of Spiro Agnew…’
Rudy Giuliani‘s stunning media blitz continued over the weekend — as the former New York City Mayor sat down for wild interviews with Jeanine Pirro and George Stephanopoulos, among others. Giuliani, for his part, thinks it’s all going well for him on TV. But one prominent critic begs to differ. Monday on Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough absolutely shredded Giuliani for making freewheeling comments from which the White House has already tried to distance itself. Particularly, Scarborough took issue with Giuliani’s talk about the potential release of three North Korean prisoners. “Not only did he unravel more playing stand-in Secretary of State, spitting on prepared remarks,” Scarborough said. “It seemed completely out of control.” Scarborough noted that instead of stand-in Secretary of State, there was a time where Giuliani was being considered for the actual job. “We have to remember this is a man that the White House worked … [Read more...] about Morning Joe Breaks Down ‘Train Wreck’ Giuliani’s Media Blitz: ‘He Would Fall Asleep’ in Meetings