MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough reacted on Monday to President Donald Trump’s comments in an interview on Fox News before the Super Bowl kickoff.
During the interview, Trump refused to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin, which worried Scarborough. The “Morning Joe” host insisted that the president needs to publicly state that he is against killing political rivals and journalists, something Putin is known for doing in the past.
“If Donald Trump keeps being asked to criticize Vladimir Putin for assassinating journalists and Donald Trump refuses to criticize Vladimir Putin for assassinating journalists and say, ‘Well, we do it too,’ in a sense, does that suggest he thinks it’s OK to assassinate journalists?” Scarborough said. “Does that suggest he thinks it’s OK to jail political opponents? To assassinate political opponents? If you don’t condemn, after being repeatedly asked to condemn these actions, at some point you go back to the ‘he who does not deny admits’ story. And it suggested he does. I suggest somebody at the White House get him to write a statement – a very strong statement letting the world know that he condemns the assassination of journalists and political rivals because he suggests in the two interviews with O’Reilly and us that he does not.”