Donald Trump made his first stop in his overseas trip to take part in the G20 summit, it could not have started worse than it did. Trump decided to use his speech to attack CNN and NBC News while also questioning U.S. intelligence reports blaming Russia for meddling in the presidential election.
The “Morning Joe” panel criticized the president for it.
“For him to attack American institutions two days after the Fourth of July on foreign soil, the day before we meet America’s chief adversary, is nothing short of disgusting,” host Joe Scarborough said.
Trump’s speech raised concerns about his planned meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin. Both Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist said that his comments were not prepared, but were instead a “riff.”
“He cannot let any slight go unpassed,” Geist said. “He had to talk about Russia but remind the world, as he spoke at that podium next to the Polish president, that it was not he, but President Obama who had a chance to do something about it.”
“That’s not the forum to bring that up,” Geist added.
MSNBC contributor and president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haas, also criticized Trump for his speech. He argued that the president had undermined the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies during a dangerous time.
“We’re about to have a conversation with the world where we are likely to be saying, ‘Here’s what we know about North Korea,’ and this is going to be based on American intelligence,” Haas said. “We’re going to be trying to rally international support for whatever it is we do diplomatically or, conceivably, militarily based on American intelligence findings. It’s just an odd time to basically be saying, ‘You can’t believe the CIA, you can’t believe the U.S. intelligence community about Russia or about Iraq.’ This is an odd way to tee up international support.”