Joe Scarborough ripped into President Trump and his Cabinet on Tuesday, one day after a video of Trump prompting officials to speak up and praise him during a meeting caught fire.
“‘Sick’ is the word,” the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” said of the meeting. “It is also deeply un-American to turn a Cabinet meeting, with the president of the United States, in the White House, into a cheerleading routine where everybody’s supposed to go around and praise him.”
Scarborough wasn’t the only one who questioned the event — the Trump administration’s first full Cabinet meeting. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a satirical video of him similarly addressing his own aides shortly after the Trump meeting went viral.
Trump later posted a lengthy clip of the exchange on Twitter. In the video, the president calls on attendees one by one, who in turn take the opportunity to fawn over their boss.
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“The greatest privilege of my life is to serve as vice president to the president who’s keeping his word to the American people,” Vice President Mike Pence said.
Chief of staff Reince Priebus was even more effusive.
“On behalf of the entire senior staff around you, Mr. President, we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people,” Priebus gushed. “We’re continuing to work very hard every day to accomplish those goals.”
Scarborough, who has had a roller-coaster relationship with Trump, said the peculiar meeting was symbolic of Trump’s distorted concept of the presidency.
“What Donald Trump doesn’t understand is, so many things, but the first thing is, he is serving the American people,” Scarborough said.
He also tore into the Cabinet for the mushy display and went so far as to advise officials to leave before submitting to the president in that manner again.
“If you’re a Cabinet member, come on!” an exasperated Scarborough exclaimed. “Come on, you owe us more than that. We pay for your salary too. Stand up for yourself. Have dignity. And if he doesn’t want you around because you stand up for yourself and have dignity, then leave.”
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