MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough claimed on Wednesday that during a one-hour foreign policy briefing, Donald Trump asked three times why the U.S. can’t use nuclear weapons.
In a discussion on “Morning Joe” with former director of the National Security Agency General Michael Hayden, Scarborough asked him, “What concerns you most about Donald Trump?”
“How erratic he is,” Hayden replied. “I can argue about this position or that position, I do that with the current president. But [Trump’s] inconsistent. And when you’re the head of a global superpower, inconsistency, unpredictability, those are dangerous things. They frighten your friends and they tempt your enemies. And so I would be very, very concerned.”
Hayden later said that none of his peers that he respects are advising Trump.
Scarbrough commented, “I have to follow up with that and I’ll be very careful here. Several months ago a foreign policy expert on an 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.’ That’s one of the reasons why he just doesn’t have foreign policy experts around him.”
“Three times in an hour briefing, ‘Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?'” Scarborough said.
UPDATE: Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort denied that Trump asked the question in an interview on Fox News’s “Happening Now.”
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