Why would Donald Trump waste his top medical experts’ time, forcing them to serve for backdrops at his unscheduled press briefing? MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski blasted their former friend. They know POTUS well and came down on him hard for wasting Americans’ time as he rambled on and off-script. Not only that, but he has also been promoting an unproven cure much like his grandfather peddled snake oil.
The early-morning show’s co-host, Scarborough blistered the president for saying “the buck doesn’t stop here:”
‘This is when the idiots have been exposed for who they are in the time of America’s greatest needs. Last night, the president attacked a governor, he pushed an unproven drug, and then he continued, saying that the buck doesn’t stop here. I must ask, Mika, what did America get out of cable news networks running a two-hour rambling press conference, where he says the same exact things every time?’
Scarborough continued, calling Trump out for not even mentioning his medical supply shortage:
‘I mean, dramatic testing shortages in the president’s hometown county, where Mar-A-Lago is, Palm Beach County, and you also have the numbers spiking up across the nation. We have a crisis of hospital beds, not only in New York City, but I’m worried about rural America, where the rural health cares been ravaged over the past decade by continual cuts in Medicaid by Republicans. We’re in a crisis, and he’s continuing for, what, the third week now, to push an unproven drug.’
Scarborough continued, going after the cable news shows for covering a repeat of Trump’s performance — the same one he gives every time:
‘Why is MSNBC, why is CNN, why is Fox, why is any network running these press conferences where he keeps talking about an unproven drug that might work for malaria, might work for lupus, doesn’t work for this?’
Then, Brzezinski wondered whether Trump had some stake in that drug, saying “follow the money:”
‘A lot of people would say, follow the money, there’s got to be some sort of financial tie to someone somewhere that has the president pushing this repeatedly. More importantly, he had Dr. [Anthony] Fauci and Dr. [Deborah] Birx, which most people — I think we can universally agree — are trying to slow the spread or trying to contain this virus, are trying to save American lives. We are looking at our worst week yet ahead’
Then, she called out Trump’s “needy camera time:”
‘They’re trying to save American lives, and he has them scrambling for 90 minutes to prepare for a two-hour news conference. He’s going to exhaust his top tier so he can get his needy camera time, so he can get out there and riff, quite frankly, illiterately, saying things that aren’t true, going off script. By the way, I have to ask, who wrote that script? It was as if an eighth-grade politics debate team wrote it. It was pathetic. We are this a place right now where the president is getting in the way of progress and taking time away from the team that is supposed to be helping us get out of this crisis. He wasted our time and theirs.’
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