MSNBC host Joe Scarborough admitted Europe must now stand on its own two feet on “Morning Joe” Monday, as President Donald Trump pushes NATO countries to step up and carry their weight.
Scarborough referenced Trump’s warning to Iran not to impede U.S. interests and said Europe is shaking its head at the president’s behavior. (RELATED: Joe Scarborough Accuses Trump Of Undercutting NATO To Help Putin)
“Of course, the president being, going on Twitter and you know, just being bellicose and blustery with his words, again, has a negative impact for U.S. Interests in Iran,” Scarborough said. “Because it strengthens that regime, makes them look tough standing up against the United States, but in Europe, more — more heads shaking. More questions raised. More reasons to believe that they have got to find their own way forward without the United States.”
A “Morning Joe” guest and associate editor at The Washington Post, David Ignatius, agreed with Scarborough about an American-European split and said Trump’s tweet to Iran is actually a veiled threat of possible nuclear war.
“I think there is a real U.S.-Europe split coming as the U.S. begins to impose unilateral sanctions August 4 and then there’s another round coming November 4. I think … we’re looking at the North Korea playbook,” Ignatius said. “This is ‘Fire and Fury’ 2. We have very belligerent rhetoric, there’s no way to read the president’s all-caps tweet other than as a reference to possible use of nuclear weapons against Iran.”
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