MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host urged the GOP and conservative media to consider the danger of having a president who just blurts out classified information to Russian officials.
Joe Scarborough started the segment on Tuesday morning with an undisturbed 30 minute rant and then insisted that conservatives start to hold Trump accountable for his careless handling of classified intelligence.
“It’s not enough for (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell and conservative talk show hosts to simply attack the ‘lamestream’ media or (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi,” Scarborough said. “Americans will not buy that. That’s a cowardly act, and it’s intended to hold onto as much of the audience that they can hold onto without embracing Trump.”
“At this point, if you do not call him out for risking American lives and doing things that most intel people I spoke with last night said will lead to the death of Americans in the future or lead to the death of critical allies in this counterinsurgency battle against ISIS, then you are doing a grave disservice to your voters or to your listeners or to the United States of America,” Scarborough added. “There is no middle ground here anymore — there just isn’t. This is about national security in the United States of America.”
Joining the show’s panel was Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who pointed out how Trump’s inexperience can lead to endangering American lives.
“We’re watching an inexperienced, undisciplined person deal with this very sensitive material,” Ignatius said. “This is why we have talking points, why presidents have protocols for what they say and don’t say when they meet with foreign leaders.”
“These are the secrets that keep us alive,” Ignatius said.