Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Joe Scarborough Claims Trump Asked About Using Nuclear Weapons Three Times in a Briefing

I'm no fan of Joe Scarborough but I saw a tweet this morning pointing to this segment from today's show:

"A foreign policy expert, international level, went to advise Donald Trump, and three times he asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked at one point, 'if we have them, why can't we use them?' ... Three times in an hour briefing why can't we use nuclear weapons."

It struck me as an odd thing to throw in as an aside, particularly from an anonymous source that apparently happened several months ago. I have all the same questions as the Washington Post, I have a few questions for ‘Morning Joe’…:

  1. Exactly when did you find out about this information?
  2. Was this conversation with your source off the record?
  3. Who was the expert?!
  4. How do you feel about your show’s take on Trump in 2015?

This is a frightful claim, intended to scare us (and make news) and it's completely unsourced and vague. It's bad journalism. It's not like there aren't real ways to knock Trump, there's no need to make stuff up, but you have to have evidence.

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