A new trip oversees by President Trump brought renewed criticism from the media as he levied criticism at his predecessor, specifically the Obama administration's poor handling of Russian hacking during the 2016 election. Speaking bluntly, the President stated, “My big question is, why did Obama do nothing about it from August all the way to November?” The subsequent reaction by the cast of Morning Joe on Thursday was laughable as they decried the commander-in-chief attacking “a former president on foreign soil.” Apparently, everyone there had seemingly forgotten about Barack Obama’s infamous ‘apology tour’ at the start of his presidency.
“This is remarkable,” a bewildered and amazed Joe Scarborough exclaimed, “You have a United States president on foreign soil...attacking a former President of the United States. Repeatedly.” Staring down, frustrated, a disheartened Willied Geist declared, sadly, “That’s unseemly on it’s own.”
The full exchange went as follows:
DONALD TRUMP: Let me start off by saying, I heard it was 17 agencies. I said boy, that's a lot. Do we even have that many intelligence agencies? Right? Let's check it. And we did some very heavy research. It turned out to be three or four. It wasn't 17. And many of your compatriots had to change their reporting and they had to apologize and they had to correct. Now with that being said, mistakes have been made. I agree. I think it was Russia, but I think it was probably other people and/or countries and I see nothing wrong with that statement. Nobody really knows. Nobody really knows for sure. I remember when I was sitting back listening about Iraq. Weapons of mass destruction.
How everybody was 100% sure that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? That led to one big mess. They were wrong and it led to a mess. So, it was Russia and I think it was probably others also and that's been going on for a long period of time. But, my big question is, why did Obama do nothing about it from August all the way to November? If he did nothing about it and it wasn't because he choked.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: So, Willie, if you're keeping score at home, this is remarkable. You have a United States president on foreign soil attacking the CIA, attacking our intelligence communities, attacking America's free press on foreign soil, and attacking a foreign -- attacking a former President of the United States. Repeatedly. While seeming to try to juggle two alternate realities. Number one, maybe it was Russia, maybe it was the fat dude in Jersey, maybe it was other state players. So, he says that first. Then he goes to it was Russia. And his words here, the CIA pretty strongly warned Barack Obama that it was Russia and did nothing. So when Barack Obama comes up, Russia was the one that interfered in our elections and he had pretty strong evidence about it.
WILLIE GEIST: Well, there are two pieces of this. The first is the one you alluded to which is the President of the United States ripping another president of the United States on foreign soil.
SCARBOROUGH: And the CIA and the American press.
GEIST: That's unseemly on its own. Where he's wrong again, and how he followed up on this, is he won't just come out and say that Russia had something to do with it cleanly. He'll say, yes, they may have had something to do with it, but it also might have been China and someone else. That's what he's been saying going back to the debate with Hillary Clinton in October, October the 7th as we all know at this point. The intelligence agencies came out. Jay Johnson said on this set a couple of weeks ago and reiterated the evidence and intelligence that he had. They came out and said, yes, Russia interfered in our election. So the question again, for President Trump is why do you disagree with your Intel agencies? Do you know something or are you hiding something? What's the reason that you won't go along with this?
The audacity of it all! A president travels overseas and, instead of lauding his homeland or its values, has the gall to insult his predecessors and the rich history of his nation! Oh wait, hold on, that was actually Obama, and the media lauded him for it. Wow, its almost as if some sort of double standard exists for Republicans and Democrats! Who would’ve guessed?
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