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Breaking Down President Trump’s Week Of Shifts In Foreign Policy, Ideology | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Breaking Down President Trump’s Week Of Shifts In Foreign Policy, Ideology | Morning Joe | MSNBC


>>>PRESIDENT REAGAN OFFERED A
SOFTER LINE ON SOVIET UNION. THE SPEECH CAME AS SEVERAL POLLS
INDICATE THAT THE PUBLIC IS CONCERNED ABOUT HIS HARD LINE
ATTITUDE TOWARDS MOSCOW. >>GONE WERE REFERENCES AS AN
EVIL EMPIRE. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO REDUCE
THE USE OF FORCE AND INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES AND CUT
WEAPONS STOCK PILES. >>THAT WAS FROM “NBC NIGHTLY
NEWS” IN JANUARY OF 1984 COVERING RONALD REAGAN PULLING
BACK FROM THE TOUGH RHETORIC ON THE SOVIET UNION.
COMPARE THAT TO THE SHIFTS WE’RE SEEING BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, SOME
COUNTS FOUR IN ONE DAY THIS PAST WEDNESDAY.
JOINING US FROM WASHINGTON, AUTHOR AND NBC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR
MICHAEL BESCHLOSS, EDITOR OF
“TIME” AND CO-AUTHOR OF “THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB”, NANCY GIBBS,
MARK HALPERIN AND DAVID IGNATIUS BACK WITH US AS WELL.
LOOKING AT THE CHANGES IN THE PAST WEEKS, SOMETIMES IN ONE
DAY, MICHAEL BESCHLOSS, I’LL START WITH YOU, ANY PRECEDENT
FOR THAT IN HISTORY? >>WELL, I THINK IT DEPENDS ON
WHAT THIS TURNS OUT TO BE, IF THIS WAS JUST SORT OF ONE
TWO-WEEK PERIOD THAT WAS SORT OF A FLUKE AND THEN WE GO ON TO
CHANGES IN OTHER AREAS, THEN WE’RE BACK TO FIRST COUPLE OF
MONTHS IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT
WHAT THIS WAS WAS THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF TRUMP SORT OF A
SHAKEDOWN PERIOD WHERE BANNON AND FLYNN WERE THERE AND NOW HE
REALIZES THAT IF HE WANTS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PRESIDENT, HE’S GOT
TO GET PEOPLE AROUND HIM WHO KNOW WHAT HE DOES NOT KNOW.
RONALD REAGAN DID THIS, GEORGE SHULTZ, JIM BAKER, FOREIGN AND
DOMESTIC. >>WHEN YOU TRY AND THINK OF THE
WAY TRUMP THINKS, DAVID IGNATIUS, THERE WAS AN
INTERESTING CON INFLUENCE OF EVENTS THIS WEEK OR PAST TEN
DAYS WHERE YOU HAD THE OBVIOUS HORRIFIC VIDEO COMING OUT OF
SYRIA OF THE GAS ATTACKS. YOU HAD THE PRESSURE TO REMOVE
BANNON AND THE MOVES TO GET HIM OUT OF THERE.
AND THE SCORE BOARD, NO POINTS ON THE BOARD FOR THIS PRESIDENT
DOMESTICALLY.
IT SEEMED LIKE IN SOME WAYS IT COULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD MERGING
OF EVENTS AND PERSONALITIES. >>I WAS STRUCK BY THE WAY IN
WHICH THE PRESIDENT LAST WEEK TOOK OWNERSHIP OF MORAL
RESPONSIBILITY FOR BEING PRESIDENT.
HE TALKED SO EMOTIONALLY ABOUT THE PICTURES OF OF THE LITTLE
CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN GASSED IN SYRIA AND THEN HE SAID THIS
IS MY RESPONSIBILITY NOW, HIS INITIAL RESPONSE WAS TO BLAME
OBAMA, OBAMA’S WEAKNESS LED US TO THIS BUT THEN AS HE GOT INTO
IT, HE SEEMED TO REALIZE, NO, THIS IS MINE.
MOVING FORWARD FROM THAT I THOUGHT HE DID TAKE OWNERSHIP
MORE OF THE PRESIDENCY THAN HE HAD IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS.
>>WILLIE GEIST. >>I GUESS THE QUESTION WE’VE
BEEN ASKING FOR THREE OR FOUR DAYS, DOES IT STICK?
WE LEARNED RIGHTLY TO BE SKEPTICAL WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP
PRESENTS HIMSELF ONE WAY AND COULD BE SOMETHING ELSE BY
TOMORROW MORNING. WHO KNOWS.
WHAT’S YOUR SENSE, IS THIS A REAL EVOLUTION, PRESIDENT WHO’S
LEARNING ABOUT THE JOB, NEVER WHO NEVER PARTICIPATED IN
POLITICS BEFORE? >>WELL, WE KNOW ABOUT HIM THAT
HE — I THINK HE LIKES WHAT WORKS AND WHAT HE WAS DOING
WASN’T WORKING. AND SO IN THAT SENSE, HE WAS NOT
GOING TO KEEP DOING IT, THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY IS
THINKING THAT WOULD CHANGE. BUT THIS IS DAY 85.
THIS IS STILL A VERY UNFINISHED PORTRAIT.
THE BIG QUESTION WE’LL BE WATCHING AS YOU’VE BEEN POINTING
OUT THIS MORNING, WHEN CONGRESS COMES BACK AND THIS IS ABOUT
DOMESTIC POLICY, WILL WE SEE A DIFFERENT TONE?
WILL WE SEE FEWER INSENDS DAIRY TWEETS AND MORE PRACTICAL COMMON
SENSE, WHAT CAN I GET DONE TO PUT WINS ON THE BOARD.
IT’S ONE THING TO DO IT IN FOREIGN POLICY THAN WHAT WE’LL
SEE GOING FORWARD WHEN HE FACES THE DEBT CEILING AND HEALTH CARE
AND TAX REFORM AND WHAT LIES AHEAD ON THE AGENDA.
>>MICHAEL BESCHLOSS, LET’S GO TO FANTASY LAND AND PRETEND —
>>AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, JOE. >>WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST
WEEK WILL BE CONSISTENT TRUMP POLICY FOR THE NEXT THREE AND A
HALF YEARS. >>RIGHT.
>>IF THAT IS IN FACT THE CASE, DO YOU AGREE WITH DAVID
IGNATIUS, THAT HE’S TRIANGULATING CHINA AND RUSSIA?
WHAT PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DOES THE LAST WEEK OF WHAT YOU’VE
SEEN, WHAT DOES THAT BRING TO MIND TO YOU?
>>IF THERE IS A DOCTRINE, I GUESS WHAT WE WOULD LOOK FOR IS
EARLIER TIMES WHEN A PRESIDENT — WHAT A DOCTRINE
USUALLY IS IS NOT TWO DAYS OF BOMBING IN AFGHANISTAN AND SYRIA
AND THEN WE ALL SAY ISN’T THAT TERRIFIC, WE GOT A DOCTRINE NOW.
WHAT IT USUALLY IS IS A PRESIDENT SAYING I’VE GOT A
STRATEGY, THAT’S WHAT RAGEN DID AT THE BEGINNING.
ONCE I HAVE DONE THAT, I THINK THEY PURSUE FOR PEACE AND THAT’S
WHAT HAPPENED. >>PETER BAKER REPORTED THAT THE
EMERGING TRUMP DOCTRINE WAS DON’T FOLLOW DOCTRINE.
>>RIGHT. >>HE BELIEVES IN BEING
UNPREDICTABLE. HE’S MADE THAT CLEAR AND SO WHAT
THE NEXT UNPREDICTABLE THING WE’LL SEE FROM THIS MAN, IT’S
HARD TO KNOW. MICHAEL, YOU’VE LOOKED AT SO
MANY PRESIDENTS AND SEEN PRESIDENTS SUCCEED AND FAIL.
IS THERE — IF YOU COULD HAVE A FIVE MINUTES WITH PRESIDENT
TRUMP TOMORROW, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL HIM ABOUT HOW NOT TO BLOW
IT IN THIS MOMENT WHERE HE SEEMS TO BE GETTING A LITTLE MOMENTUM?
>>I THINK ONE THING IS WHAT YOU’VE ALL BEEN SAYING THIS
MORNING, WHICH IS GETTING THE EXPERTISE HE REALLY NEEDS IN
AREAS THAT HE DOES NOT KNOW ABOUT.
FOREIGN POLICY AND MILITARY POLICY, HE’S SHOWN HE’S WILLING
TO DO THAT. DOMESTIC POLICY, YOU KNOW, LET’S
SEE IF HE FINDS THE CURRENT DAY, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO FIND ONE BUT
A CURRENT DAY VERSION OF JIM BAKER AND THE OTHER THING IS, I
JUST HAVE TO SAY IT, THIS IS A VERY AHISTORICAL PRESIDENT, IT’S
NOT SOMEONE — WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE REAGAN DOCTRINE, I’M
NOT SURE HE KNOWS THAT HISTORY. ONE THING THAT REALLY IS A
THREAT THAT RUNS THROUGH EVERY GREAT PRESIDENT THAT I CAN THINK
OF IS AT LEAST KNOWING WHAT PRESIDENTS IN HISTORY HAVE DONE
TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL. YOU’LL NEVER FIND AN EXACT
PARALLEL, BUT IF YOU JUST IGNORE ALL OF THAT, YOU’RE NOT
BENEFITTING FROM THE SUCCESSES AND FAILURES THAT PRESIDENTS
HAVE MADE FOR 200 YEARS AND SAME IS TRUE WITH CITIZENS.
>>ALL RIGHT, NANCY GIBBS, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOUR COVER
BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING ACTUALLY SHERYL SANDBERG,
ESPECIALLY SO SINCE HER HUSBAND PASSED AWAY AND THOUGHT HER
FIRST BLOGS IN THE WEEKS AFTER HIS DEATH WERE SOME OF THE MOST
INCREDIBLE WRITINGS I HAVE EVER READ AND THAT SHE HAS EVER DONE.
SHE’S NOW WRITTEN A BOOK AND TALKING MORE ABOUT GRIEF AND
ABOUT TIME OFF AND ABOUT RECOVERY.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU — WHY YOU PUT THIS ON THE
COVER? >>BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN, SHERYL
HAS FOUND A WAY TO TAKE A CONVERSATION THAT WE ALL AS
HUMANS HAVE IN THIS CASE ABOUT HOW YOU TRY TO HELP SOMEONE WHO
IS FACING TERRIBLE ADVERSITY AND HOW OFTEN WE GET IT WRONG.
WHERE I THINK SHE WAS SO COMPELLING IN THAT INCREDIBLE
POST A MONTH AFTER HER HUSBAND DIED, SAYING ALL OF THESE THINGS
SHE WOULD REALIZE SHE WOULD SAY TO PEOPLE WHO JUST GOTTEN A
TERRIBLE DIAGNOSIS OR LOST SOMEONE THEY LOVED WERE EXACTLY
THE WRONG THING TO SAY. SHE NOW HEARD ALL OF THESE
THINGS PEOPLE WERE SAYING TO HER MEANT TO BE KIND AND —
>>LIKE WHAT SO WE KNOW WHAT NOT TO SAY.
>>IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY. THE BEST YOU CAN SORT OF HOPE
FOR IS IT WILL BE OKAY TODAY OR THAT PEOPLE WHEN SHE WENT BACK
TO WORK WHO WERE SAYING DON’T WORRY IF WE CAN HELP YOU IF
YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO FINISH YOUR ASSIGNMENTS OR GET YOUR WORK
DONE. WHICH WAS MEANT TO BE
SUPPORTIVE — >>AND HELPFUL.
>>AND HER CONFIDENCE WAS SO SHATTERED THAT EVERYONE WHO WAS
TRYING TO TAKE HER WORKLOAD OFF JUST SIGNALED TO HER, WE DON’T
THINK YOU’RE COMPETENT TO GET THE JOB DONE RIGHT NOW.
AND IT CREATED THIS SORT OF VICIOUS SPIRAL.
SHE TALKS ABOUT THE THREE Ps THAT YOU THINK THAT THIS SORROW
IS SOMEHOW YOUR FAULT, IS WALL TO WALL IN YOUR LIFE AND WILL
LAST FOREVER IT’S PERSONAL AND PERVASIVE AND PERMANENT.
THOSE ARE THREE MYTHS OF GRIEF THAT SHE’S TRYING TO LOOK AT AND
SAY, NONE OF THOSE THREE THINGS HAS TO BE TRUE.
IT’S OKAY TO LAUGH AND HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR.
THERE’S SO MANY TABOOS AROUND GRIEF WHICH MAKES IT HARD TO
TALK ABOUT SO WE TALK ABOUT IT BADLY.
SHE’S HELPING US FIND A BETTER WAY TO TALK ABOUT IT AND IN A
WAY FOR HER SOMETHING THAT’S GOOD AND HEALTHY AND
CONSTRUCTIVE COME OUT OF THIS SITUATION THAT WAS SO
FUNDAMENTALLY TRAGIC IN HER LIFE AND HER FAMILY’S LIFE.
>>MICHAEL BESCHLOSS, THANK YOU AS WELL.
UP NEXT, THE INCIDENT WITH A MAN GETTING DRAGGED OFF THE UNITED
FLIGHT SIZ ABOUT THE STATE OF MORALITY AND CORPORATE CULTURE
IN AMERICA AND WHY YOU MAY HEAR

56 comments on “Breaking Down President Trump’s Week Of Shifts In Foreign Policy, Ideology | Morning Joe | MSNBC

  1. Well, has anyone noticed that he has changed his demeanor somewhat (still says ridiculous things, like the most incredible chocolate cake thing)" because his care taker, Ivanka is guiding him for several reasons…

  2. Trump does not take responsibility or show compassion for anything at this point. With Trump's mentality and constant lying I doubt he is able to change. One or two showboating actions and people start to say he is becoming presidential. I say look at every day he has been in office and it is a sick situation.

  3. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/04/13/mistaken-coalition-airstrike-syria-kills-18-us-backed-local-forces/100410826/

  4. donald trump doesnt have stances, positions, or policies on anything. whatever "works" for him in the moment is fine for hi until it doesnt work for him anymore then he changes it.

  5. I have been a big critic of this president. All the talk about grabbing women's anatomy, building a wall that is a huge waste of taxpayer money, making fun of handicapped folks, lying and being, in general, misinformed, etc. Being arrogant about all this. My only hope has been that he will learn to be a president, learn how governing works. I still have that hope, though I would still NEVER vote for him……

  6. Hey liberals, NOT only is President Trump YOUR PRESIDENT, he is also Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama's President. Let that sink in. He is the best POTUS you've had in years. He cares about you, the people & the deplorables. I love telling Liberals to be more tolerant and less hateful, when it comes to Trump.

  7. Its like watching cartoon characters lost in the desert jumping headlong into an oasis we know is nothing more then a mirage.

  8. Trump's health bill was going to cut funding for all kinds of programs to help disadvantaged American children… so, gas is the difference.

  9. I like how they're making excuses for someone who "doesn't know the history" when he's an 80 year old man who lived through it all.

  10. I would be considered "establishment" by you… and I absolutely despise trump, he's a lying, crooked, erratic, idiotic insane clown president that I still can't believe anyone ever believed for a second, much less voted for. There is NOTHING he can do, other than leave office, that will reassure me. And I hate all the stupid, stinking Republicans who lie and cheat their way into power and put their party above their country every bit as much. Finally, I will never, ever forget the members of the media–like Joe Hannity Scarborough but also you, miss appeasement establishement oh, now he's a president Mika–who are so stupid that you think bomb-dropping and stealing is ever going to be forgiven or forgotten. Wake up, Americans; go ahead and keep an eye on these liars but be sure to get some of the truth from Sam Seder's Majority Report, David Pakman show, Democracy Now, Al Jazeerah.

  11. I admit to a measure of confusion; the media has, until this week, relentlessly pursued the Russian/Trump Campaign collusion story. It seems only Rachel Maddow has plowed forward with this continuing unfolding drama. And today we hear accolades for an administration that apparently has shown some potential for sanity. The basis for these accolades is President Trump's seeming 180^ turn on a dime policy shifts toward Russia, Syria and the roll the US should play in internal relations. While cautioning that the President's past unpredictable nature could once again manifest itself with an Easter weekend round of craziness from his Twitter addiction, nevertheless the week, according to MSNBC, reportedly lands big time in the Trump win column. While the President may act unpredictably and erratically, ought the News cycle follow in the same vein by erratically following the President's unpredictability? Is MSNBC following this Administration down the same unpredictable, erratic and inexplicable flip flopping rabbit hole. It leaves all of us following the news in an impenetrable fog of confusion. And I am left contemplating the absolute irony as to whether President Trump can forge a successful Presidency from a presidential campaign built on a net work of outright lies and assisted in that campaign through collusion with a hostile foreign power; namely Russia, our primary foreign foe for the last 70 years. These truly are confusing, dangerous and politically polarizing times in which we now live.

  12. So, dropping bombs makes everything okay now? Wow! How stupid are you guys. This Agent Orange Dorito will never be the President you want him to be, Period. Stop fooling yourselves.

    Resist – Peace ✌️

  13. What grade of stupidity to believe Trump now is different from before just because he starts to bomb and messes up everything just even more then ever!

  14. Just the way Trump said " little baby" definitely rang insincere. You cant really think Trump is compassionate.

  15. Obama, Rice, and Clinton, will all be in PRISON soon. Three years and eight months before Trump re-elected.
    So, lets recap: Obama, Rice, Clinton, PRISON / TRUMP, PRESIDENT Seven years, eight months! Isn't that GREAT?! MAGA!!!

  16. Trump is a traitor and zionist stooge. He will rejoin TPP. Its JEW FIRST AMERICA. Gentile slaves will rot in FEMA camp soon.

  17. Why do so many people still support Trump? He's abandoned his base by getting MORE involved with the world.

  18. I don't understand why people like Trump?? Rich people don't care about regular people especially second generation rich people

  19. Haha, even the photos they put up of Trump make him look classier and more dignified than usual. The media really is quite funny.

  20. How can a man that know nothing about anything in regards to politics even know who to ask for help? It's like asking some one to google a topic they even know exist.

  21. I do not trust Trump at all… He should not be accepted till admits that he was wrong! Until then I will not and never will back him up or trust him #NotMyPresident

  22. in·san·i·ty
    inˈsanədē/
    noun
    the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness.
    "he suffered from bouts of insanity"
    synonyms: mental illness, madness, dementia; More
    extreme foolishness or irrationality.
    plural noun: insanities
    "it might be pure insanity to take this loan"
    synonyms: folly, foolishness, madness, idiocy, stupidity, lunacy, silliness; informalcraziness
    "it would be insanity to take this loan"

    there is nothing in this definition that says anything about doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

  23. Hey, we should bomb their airport so that planes can't take off and gas more people..Why don't we try that?

  24. I'd really like to not hear about church service once in a while. the older i get the more i despise Christians and Muslims. What a horrific group of idiots

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