The set of “Morning Joe” didn’t take kindly to President Trump’s suggestion Monday that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi might have been murdered by “rogue killers” — with both Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in turn suggesting that Trump was weak.
“Just like he did in Helsinki. You have a guy who is scared of KGB agents, not man enough to stand up to former KGB agents and not man enough to stand up to Saudi sheikhs. That’s what we have in a president?” Scarborough asked.
“I thought he was going to be a strong leader. Instead he’s kowtowing and letting these people, letting these autocrats, letting these tyrants kill journalists in the light of day,” he continued.
Brzezinski was in complete agreement.
‘This is vintage Trump. Sowing doubt, propping up dictators and people who are cruel and people who are clearly on the side of wrong,” she said. “It hurts America and it certainly makes him look like a weak leader. So weak it’s painful.
“What ever they have on him better be worth it because he looks like a bumbling idiot,” she added. “Feckless.”
The “Morning Joe” segment comes amid growing questions surrounding the disappearance of Khashoggi, who vanished on Oct. 2. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials have said they believe the writer was murdered by the kingdom and dismembered with a bone saw by a 15-man team sent in specifically for the job, the New York Times reported.
Saudi Arabia has categorically denied the allegations, but reports emerged Monday that the country was preparing a report to admit they had in fact killed Khashoggi by accident as part of a botched interrogation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is currently in Riyadh to discuss the issue.
The Khashoggi situation has resulted in catastrophic fallout for Saudi Arabia, with organizations as varied as museums to the WWE facing pressure to disassociate. The nation’s Future Investment Initiative conference later this month has been racked by cancellations — particularly from media partners. So far, the New York Times, CNN, CNBC, the Financial Times and Bloomberg have all dropped out.
Fox Business remains committed to the event and last told TheWrap that their involvement was “under review.”