MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has called out the President for using the phrase “a great deal” as a way to deflect criticism from his failed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
In an interview with “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski on Tuesday, Scarborough said that he was trying to help Trump, saying, “We’re in a crisis right now.
He’s trying to do everything he possibly can to deflect the media attention and focus on his health.”
Scarborough said he had been working with other media outlets to make the President aware of the controversy surrounding his claim.
Scarborough noted that he didn’t know if the President was aware of it himself, but was concerned about it.
Scarborough also criticized the White House for not making an official statement on the controversy, noting that it had not released the statement on Tuesday.
“The President hasn’t released a statement, and yet, you know, he’s trying his best to deflect,” Scarborough said.
“And that’s why I’ve been saying that the phrase is a great deal.
It is an important word to say.
I mean, what is the difference between a great amount and a great lot?
What does it mean?””
If he’s not aware that this is happening, and he’s making it up as he goes along, he has no business using that word,” Scarborough added.
He also pointed to Trump’s attempt to play down the criticism from the media, saying that he had “not only been working to get coverage of the president, he hasn’t been talking about that, and I think that’s very troubling.”
Scarborough said that, at the moment, the President is “sending the message to the media to go away.”
Scarborough went on to call the media’s focus on Trump’s health “completely misguided,” and suggested that it’s because they are “sick” of him.
“They have been sick of him,” Scarborough told Brzezinksi.
“They’ve been sick to death of him and his antics.
They’ve been so sick to the point where they are going, ‘Hey, we’re sick of this guy.
He has us down.’
And I think, in some ways, they’re sick to their core and that’s their motivation, and they want to keep it going.”
He continued, saying it’s very unfortunate that there is no statement from the White, or from the president himself, because he should have said something before he went on the air.
“You know, it’s the first time in my career, as an anchor, that I have seen someone on TV, I know what they do,” Scarborough continued.
“I’m sure you can imagine.
It’s one of the things that I’m not used to.”