MSNBC analyst Jeremy Bash did not mince words when it came to how he felt about President Donald Trump firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via a tweet.
“I just want to go back to this point about the manner in which Tillerson was fired — we’re talking about it’s mean, it’s embarrassing — it’s actually just weak,” Bash told Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday. “It’s like gutless. Only a wimp does that, someone who doesn’t want to face the consequences of telling someone directly: ‘Hey, this isn’t working out, I want to make a change.’”
Bash, a former chief of staff at the Department of Defense and the CIA (as well as Dana Bash’s ex-husband), added that the move shows off the president’s weakness to the world:
“I want to say our president of the United States is transmitting absolute weakness to everybody around the world,” he added. “And for someone who, you know, thinks of himself as a strongman, he’s sending exactly the wrong message.”
Wallace pivoted to discussing the very abrupt ouster of John McEntee, Trump’s body man, over a “security issue.”
“I think it’s clear that individuals who have worked at this White House were not properly vetted,” Bash explained. “His team came in a chaotic environment. There was not the appropriate vetting. People did not have the right credentials… It shows there is a major crisis engulfing this West Wing in terms of the credentials and capabilities of some of the staff there.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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