MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough laughed at former President Donald Trump’s choice of international “envoy” Friday, tearing into former acting director of national intelligence Ric Grenell.
Grenell, Scarborough said, was someone he wouldn’t even send to 7-Eleven “to get a Slurpee,” let alone to Kosovo-Serbia. Previously, Grenell served as ambassador to Germany.
Still, that’s exactly what Trump said he did Thursday. In a statement sent out to the Save America PAC email list, Trump revealed: “The great people of Serbia and Kosovo have overcome tremendous obstacles in their pursuit of economic normalization. The agreements my administration brokered are historic and should not be abandoned, many lives are at stake. The region is too important and the people have waited too long for this work to be cast aside. Today, my Envoy Ambassador Ric Grenell visited the Kosovo-Serbia border to highlight this important agreement. Just like we proved in the Middle East with the Abraham Accords, peace and economic normalization is possible, but it takes a sincere effort and unwavering leadership. Peace is possible, don’t give up—long term prosperity for those two nations is at stake!”
Trump is not president and has not been since January, but he still sent an “envoy ambassador” to represent him overseas, which stunned — and amused — the “Morning Joe” host.
“Former President Trump has been saying for months that he should be the actual president, as you know, and now he’s taken his fantasy a step further,” Scarborough said, emphasizing that Trump is “a private citizen.”
Scarborough also pointed out that because Trump is not president, Grenell “is not there in any official capacity.”
In a statement to RealClearPolitics, which Scarborough read on-air, an unnamed White House official agreed, saying, “Outside of his very active imagination, Donald Trump is no longer President and doesn’t have any ‘envoy ambassadors’ representing the United States.”