Hallie Jackson: Trump Greeting Hostages Was A ‘Staged Production’

Amber Athey | Media and Breaking News Editor

MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson praised President Donald Trump on Thursday for securing the release of three hostages held by North Korea, but she also seemed to knock him for making it a “staged production” of their arrival in Washington, DC.

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Jackson called the release a “special moment” and a “moment of intense anticipation,” but noted that it was “carefully choreographed.”

“Donald Trump is a former reality show producer,” Jackson asserted. “This was a staged production meant for television; meant for the cameras, meant to be shown and seen here in this country and around the world.”

“You had floodlights lighting up this 30 x 50-foot American flag, hanging in between two ladder trucks, as the plane carrying these men rolled in,” she continued. “This moment when the president and first lady holding hands went up the stairs, spending six minutes in private conversation and then unexpectedly, because we didn’t think that was going to happen, unexpectedly coming over with these men and taking a number of questions from reporters.”

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