Fallout over the White House’s reaction to the Paris Unity Marcy continued Tuesday, as “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough slammed the administration’s reaction as “amateur hour.”
Scarborough made the remark while responding to Foreign Policy Magazine chief David Rothkof, who called the White House’s move a “brain freeze.”
“It was kind of a brain freeze,” Rothkof told Scarborough. “I don’t think they really thought it through. This White House has regularly made mistakes on little things like this, on the optics of things like this.”
“Remember the Bowe Bergdahl ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House which was completely ill-conceived?” Rothkof continued. “They’ll often do things without consulting with allies that they should consult with.”
“They think it’s small stuff and it ends up being big stuff,” he added.
“Sounds like amateur hour,” Scarborough responded.
“I don’t think this is a really serious issue. This is optical,” the Foreign Policy Magazine head said. “There are bigger issues here. This is a kind of a tipping point moment. Right after 9/11 there was a moment where we could get everybody together on our side to deal with terrorism. Now all of a sudden you’ve got Europe galvanized again. You’ve got a chance to bring allies together and to start doing something.”
“I gotta tell you, I think that’s more than optics, though,” “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski told Rothkof. “I think that was a message that was missed.”
“Look at these pictures, David,” Brzezinski said as pictures from the march appeared on screen. “It’s not optics.”
“It’s tempting to get caught up in the Twitter storm over something like this,” Rothkop said. “It’s not that important.”