Even Donald Trump’s harshest critics are giving the president some degree of credit for stepping up and visiting U.S. service members in Iraq on Wednesday. But while MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough joined the chorus recognizing Trump’s step in the right direction, he offered a harsh view of what the president actually did once he arrived in the war zone.
“You know, the president’s trip to Iraq and Germany,” Scarborough said after rolling a clip of Trump’s speech, “they were very good and valuable uses of the president’s time over the Christmas holidays.”
Scarborough noted that the troops appeared happy with the visit from their commander in chief and expressed gratitude for the visit. But his tone quickly shifted when he discussed the content of the president’s remarks.
“But we should also be concerned that Mr. Trump once again used a captive audience of American heroes to push his unpopular domestic agenda — this time, the wall,” he added.
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Scarborough contrasted Trump’s partisan remarks with the unifying behavior of Winston Churchill at Yalta, Dwight D. Eisenhower in Japan, and Ronald Reagan in Berlin.
“It’s all very unbecoming and all very bush league,” Scarborough added. “And you can bet 41 and 43 would have never treated the troops so disrespectfully.”
Scarborough also pointed out Trump’s lie about a military pay raise, noting that if anyone would know the president wasn’t being honest about the topic, it would be the troops receiving the paychecks.
“But you know, worse than the president’s bizarre tics where he lies for absolutely no reason at all, I think more dangerous than that are his policies that will put those troops — and, really, you and me and all Americans — in greater danger,” he said.
Scarborough also offered harsh criticism for Trump’s rapid moves to withdraw troops from Syria and wind down the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.