July 26, 2017

On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski introduced a Fox segment from earlier this morning, where Anthony Scaramucci was asked once again if Trump does want to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"Why is he undermining his own attorney general? That's the question you're not answering," the Fox co-host asked.

"Well, you can view it that way. I actually don't view it that way. I think what the president is trying to do, he's trying to signal to people that I need your loyalty, I need your advocacy. If you're doing things I don't like, I'm going to express that. He's not a Washingtonian. We're both New Yorkers."

"Does he want a new attorney general, Anthony?"

"I don't know the answer to that."

Mika was appalled.

"Joe, as we round out the show this morning, if he is telegraphing to the attorney general that he wants his loyalty, it appears he also wants him to reconsider his recusing himself from the Russia investigation, which has just -- seems kind of crazy at this point."

"Well, and he can't do that," Scarborough said.

"Anthony Scaramucci has now, we've heard twice this morning, talk about the president's not a Washingtonian, he's a New Yorker. He punches, he hits back hard.

"I think that's the best that he can do in the position that he's in because he never knows which direction the president is going to dart. He doesn't know how the president is going to tweet. and he's trying to make the best out of a very bad situation."

Scarborough said that right now, Trump has gotten a lot of pushback from Republicans telling him what a bad idea it would be to fire Jeff Sessions, and that he is backing off.

"So we'll see how this goes. I would say, though, right now Jeff Sessions is in a much stronger position today than he was yesterday."

I'm still waiting for some brave reporter to say to Trump, "You're equating loyalty with the willingness to break or ignore the law on your behalf, right?"

But it will never happen.

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