MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough delivered uncharacteristic praise to President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning, noting that he believed the American voters would respond favorably to the historic summit that took place in Singapore.
Saying, “I feel a sense of relief,” Scarborough noted just how much progress had been made since the two were trading barbs and shows of force.
Scarborough said that the summit was likely to be a net positive, politically speaking, because most Americans were going to wake up to headlines that were better than nuclear war.
He explained, “So just looking through the prism, what impact will this have on American voters? What’s the outcome? They’re going to look at the front page of the paper today and they’re going to say, ‘Good on him. This is a hell of a lot better than a nuclear … hell of a lot better than a nuclear war, and who knows? Maybe shaking things up, maybe saying no to the experts, maybe raising hell on the world stage, maybe calling him little rocket man, maybe threatening him, got these two together.’ So I think that it’s — first of all, politically, it is going to be positive for Donald Trump.”
And Scarborough offered his personal thoughts, as well, saying, “I’ve got to admit, when I see these two people shaking hands, I feel a sense of relief, as do a lot of people in Washington, knowing how bleak the situation was six months ago.”
“Morning Joe” guest David Ignatius of the Washington Post was careful to note that the summit was only “a beginning,” and that there is a lot more work to do in future meetings.
He said, “I think it’s really important to understand that today really was a beginning. The most important language I think in the document that they released is in the preamble where it says, the two sides are committed to confidence-building measures that will eventually achieve complete denuclearization. So this has begun a process. It’s one that’s going to be a lot less tense than the confrontations we saw last year.”
Ignatius also cautioned the president, saying that he should be wary of viewing Kim in such a positive light. He said, “His comments today were so flattering. He’s bought in so totally, almost as if Kim Jong Un is his protege, this talented young man, you know, so much that he’s going to accomplish, and President Trump has to back away now.”