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Unfocused Trump Routinely Interrupts High-Level Meetings To Take Calls From ‘Morning Joe’

When he’s not busy tweeting out inanities or dreaming up ways to impose fascism on the American public, it turns out that Donald Trump does actually have meetings with aides and advisers. But now we learn that he often will halt those meetings so he can take phone calls from the hosts of the MSNBC show Morning Joe.

Politico reports that Trump will often be in the middle of “high-level meetings” and suddenly “take phone calls from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.”

The report from Politico also notes that Trump has a bizarre love-hate relationship with the news media. He loves to attack MSNBC, Scarborough, and the New York Times. But at the same time, Trump also desperately craves approval from the media outlets he lambastes.

How schizophrenic is Trump’s on-again, off-again connection to the press? According to the article:

“He has told political allies that the news media is his best foil because his supporters don’t trust mainstream outlet. Yet, he chats with network executives behind the scenes, trying to shape his coverage, and he obsesses over ratings.”

Gabriel Sherman of New York magazine says that Trump takes an unconventional approach to how he sees the news media and uses information he sees reported:

“A central strategy of this White House seems to be designed to delegitimize journalism in the eyes of the American people. That makes media reporting — the reporting on how news is produced and consumed — more important than ever. Given that we’re only halfway through Trump’s first week and he’s already praised Fox News, tweeted a policy idea he seems to have gotten from watching Bill O’Reilly, and baselessly claimed 3-5 million people voted illegally, I’d say yes — Trump will be a big focus of my time.”

Clearly, Trump has the mind of a child and is desperate not only for attention, but to be accepted and loved by everyone. That’s not surprising since he’s a textbook narcissist.

Now imagine this scenario: There’s an urgent situation which requires an immediate response from Trump before it escalates and reaches critical mass. Instead of being focused on the matter, Trump’s calling Joe Scarborough and whining that MSNBC is too critical of his administration. And this same man now possesses the launch codes for our entire nuclear arsenal.

This article was originally published by the same author at

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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