During a conversation with Mark Brzezinski, former member of the National Security Council and U.S. Ambassador to Sweden about President Donald Trump’s statement that suggested a terror attack had occurred in Sweden, Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks: “If indeed there was something pivotal that occurred in Sweden or anywhere else in the world…having to do with our foreign policy, who would be contacted in the White House?” Hear Brzezinski’s answer about the current lack of structure in the Administration relating to foreign affairs and the “dangerous way” the President is using the bully pulpit.
“The media: My view is that we need no defense,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle in response to President Donald Trump’s ongoing war with the news media, included a tweet that branded the news media as “the enemy of the American people.” “The problem here, the danger here, is when he says the fake news media is the enemy of the American people. That’s a slow slide to ‘immigrants are the enemy of the American people. Unions are the enemy of the American people. People in Massachusetts and New Hampshire or any other state that didn’t vote for me, Trump, are the enemy of the American people.’ It’s a slow slide to that.” Listen in on the Morning Joe conversation among Barnicle, host Joe Scarborough and The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore about the record subscriptions and ratings the news media is experiencing in the Trump era.
“We are not invading Mosul. The Iraqi Army is invading Mosul. The Iraqi Army is going to have to liberate their country. The Iraqi Army is part of our allies and we have numbers of American troops on the ground as advisors, but this is not our job. It’s the Iraqi Army’s job,” explains Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as he weighs in on President Donald Trump’s comment that he is going to keep the U.S.’s attack on Mosul a secret. Hear from Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and panelists Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Elise Jordan about President Trump’s confusion, contradictions and the battle for Mosul.
“The FBI doesn’t fool around and you don’t get leaks out of the FBI unless there is something to the leaks,” said Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation about the ongoing investigation into the Trump Administration’s contact with Russia during the campaign and currently. “You have FBI field offices in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and FBI counterintelligence teams in Washington, D.C. all honing in on one specific thing: Contacts between Trump’s people during the campaign and the Trump administration today.
You’ve had (National Security Advisor) Mike Flynn already leave because of something having to do with Russia obviously. Now you have the President’s own personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, a lawyer outside of government, acting as de facto Secretary of State. All of this a combustible concoction of chaos. Where is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in all of this?” Hear more about the investigation here and a promise from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) that “2017 is going to be a year of kicking Russia in the ass in Congress.”
As the Morning Joe panel discusses NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker’s reporting that Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said the U.S. will not “seize” Iraqi oil, which deviates from President Donald Trump’s often stated desire to keep Iraqi oil, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “General Mattis is absolutely correct. Taking the oil is a war crime. You shouldn’t confuse the first Marine division with Quantrill’s Raiders after the Civil War.” Listen here for more on Secretary Mattis and President Trump’s differing views on taking Iraqi oil.
Mark Brzezinski, former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, joins Morning Joe to discuss with veteran columnist Mike Barnicle President Donald Trump’s remarks during a Florida rally that suggested a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden on Friday night. “If there had been a terrorist attack in Sweden, one of our closest partners, the President would have been briefed on it by his national security team. That couldn’t have happened,” Brzezinski tells Barnicle. The conversation unfolds here.
“Senator, in this hurricane of duplicity and incompetence coming out of the White House, sometimes things get overlooked…General Tony Thomas…is quoted as saying this in all of the papers today: ‘Our government continues to be in unbelievable turmoil. I hope they sort it out soon because we are a nation at war.’ How does that strike you coming from a general who is very rarely quoted on anything? And this quote is just dynamite,” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) during a conversation about the resignation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Listen to Murphy’s response here about the kind of comment from a high ranking general that is “not without precedent” but that only comes “once or twice a century.” Is this an opportunity for the new Administration to hit “reset” on foreign policy? Only on MSNBC.
“The relationship between the Vice President of the United States and the Trump administration: It’s now been separated. It’s now been bifurcated because of his lack of knowledge for nearly two weeks. All the people around the President knows – and the Vice President doesn’t know? And he is sitting out there. That’s an issue of competence,” explains Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the Morning Joe panel evaluates the status of the relationship between President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence following the White House having kept Pence in the dark about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lying to him about his correspondence with Russia. Tune in to listen to host Joe Scarborough and Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor John Heilemann also weigh in on the current state of the relationship between Trump and Pence.
During the Morning Joe discussion about the Trump Administration’s relationship with Russia, co-host Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle get to the core of the issue. “They didn’t think anybody would find out,” says Barnicle about National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resignation after having misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about his conversations with Russia. “They don’t think lying is wrong,” says Brzezinski about the Administration, “because we are not seeing anybody held accountable….This looks like the steps leading up to a total meltdown.” Hear the rest of the conversation here.
Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle talks with Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz about a hypothetical situation of Dershowitz assisting President Donald Trump appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to not reimpose the Trump travel ban due to insufficient evidence. “Write the appeal for us right now. What would you do?,” Barnicle asks. Listen to Dershowitz’s response here. Only on MSNBC.
“In one of the more powerful scenes in the film, and you view it with great trepidation as a parent–a 5-year-old, terrified on the train. How much of that do you remember and feel?” asks Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of author Saroo Brierley, who joined the show to talk about the Oscar-nominated film “Lion,” adapted from his book and life story. Hear Brierley describe the harrowing experience of feeling like he was caged as a little boy and how he followed his heart and dreams to find something he longed for his whole life.
“Senator, it’s great hearing you take the strong defense of the Constitution, and it’s really needed at this point in time. Why are there not more Republican voices in the Senate, like yours, talking about clearly an effort to delegitimatize the judiciary by the President of the United States?,” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s verbal attack on the judiciary. Listen to Sasse’s strong response here. Only on MSNBC.
Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle, host Joe Scarborough and the panel on Morning Joe discuss the mounting controversies created by President Donald Trump with his tweets and verbal attacks. “I think you hit a key element of it when you indicated whether anyone around the President is talking to him about this behavior–because this behavior is more dangerous than dynamite. It’s an effort to delegitimatize the judiciary, just as it is an effort to delegitimatize the media. Both efforts are unfortunately, sadly, for us, having some relevance out there in the country, and it’s taking hold a bit, and it is really and truly dangerous,” said Barnicle. Hear more of the conversation here.
During the Morning Joe discussion about the silencing of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren by Republicans for reading a 30-year-old Coretta Scott King letter criticizing the civil rights record of Trump administration Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, host Joe Scarborough likens the situation to a scene from the Tom Hanks movie “Big.” But senior contributor Mike Barnicle says, “You’ve got the wrong movie. It’s Clint Eastwood saying – Senator Warren saying – ‘Go ahead make my day.” Watch here some of the live footage of Sen. Warren being shot down and Scarborough saying the Republicans’ move was “so stupid on so many levels.”
While the Morning Joe panel discusses the ever expanding media profile of President Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “Internally there is no match for him in the White House. The cover of Time magazine, permanent seat in the National Security Council; and now he is twined with Cardinal Raymond Burke – 68 years old from St. Louis – who is the equivalent of the Tea Party in the Vatican.” Listen to more of the discussion on how Bannon’s profile has eclipsed the president’s, played out to much fanfare on the most recent Saturday Night Live.
“What we have here is a series of virtual stun grenades called executive orders,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump’s actions in his first week in office, specifically talking about his POTUS’s controversial travel ban for seven countries. “We’re going to have another one tonight in order to distract people: The announcement of a Supreme Court Justice. But in speaking with several people in Washington with expertise in fighting terror in this country, they raise the issue over and over again of incompetence versus ideology. Incompetence– the incompetence in drawing up of the executive order executive order on immigration. And they asked me specifically: `Where was Pakistan of this list? Where was Afghanistan? Where was Kenya?’ Tune in to hear more of the conversation between Barnicle and Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
During the Morning Joe discussion of President Donald Trump on just his fourth day in office, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle recounts how busy POTUS has been already: “Here’s a list from yesterday. The Keystone pipeline. Mexico – going to build a wall. It’s going to effect immigration. It’s going to affect attention facilities. TPP – that involves China obviously. New settlements in Israel. Chicago – he is going to send the Feds into Chicago to take care of killings. He mentioned the Supreme Court – he is going to have a nominee for the Supreme Court within the next couple of weeks. Theresa May is coming from Great Britain. He threw out voter fraud again – 3 to 5 million more people voted for him and that’s why he didn’t win the popular vote. How about taking nap?,” suggests Barnicle. Listen to more of the discussion here.
Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle examine what it was about then Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump that led to him becoming today President of the United States. Says Barnicle:
“You have this big egotistical, headline-grabbing, sprawling guy coming out of Queens with a huge chip on his shoulder, and he came very quickly because of how he behaved and what he said to represent the hopes, and the anger, and the dreams, and a whole jumble of emotions among so many people; but all of that was basically New Haven. It was taking the play and tryouts in New Haven. This is the real deal today.” Hear more of the conversation and discussion of what Trump was able to tap into that resonated with many voters.
As the Morning Joe panel discusses how the media has covered President Donald Trump as a candidate, president elect and now as President of the United States, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle has this suggestion: “We have to cover the country rather than cover the candidate himself or now the president. We didn’t do a good job of covering the country.” Listen in on the the animated conversation among Barnicle, and hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough about how the media can best do its job going forward.
Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Council on Foreign Affairs President Richard Haass discuss whether the Trump Administration should make immediate changes in how government departments are organized with Barnicle suggesting it might be time to streamline and Haass taking an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” position. Hear their conversation here. Only on MSNBC.