Joy Reid: We in Media Have ‘Obligation’ to Ask if Syria Strikes Were Partly Motivated by Trump Wanting to Distract


Saturday’s “AM Joy” on MSNBC opened with host Joy Reid discussing the week’s events, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly preparing to be fired, the upcoming release of former FBI Director Jim Comey’s book, special counsel Bob Mueller’s Michael Cohen raid and the military strikes on Syria. According to Reid, media have the “obligation” to ask if President Trump was partly motivated to strike Syria Friday to distract from the other news. “[T]he Syrian attacks, which for many Americans raised real questions about the legal authority for the strikes and also about whether even a part of the president’s motivation was all that other news that just kept on coming yesterday,” Reid stated. “These are serious questions that we in the media have an obligation to ask however uncomfortable because they will be asked by our friends and our foes around the world.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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MSNBC Guest: ‘Notable’ That Syria Strikes Are on Same Day as Comey’s Book Tour


Saturday on MSNBC, Sarah Badawi, senior lobbyist for Progressive Change Campaign Committee said it was “notable” that the strikes on Syria took place the same day former FBI Director James Comey launched his book tour, which she argued made it “convenient” for President Donald Trump to talk about that instead. “I think it’s very notable that these strikes were announced on the same day that everyone was expecting the president to fire Bob Mueller and the same day that James Comey launched his book tour and in the same week that Paul Ryan announced his retirement,” said Badawi. “It’s awfully convenient that the president now has a way to say he is victorious on these missile strikes, that he didn’t seek approval from Congress to launch and, arguably, shouldn’t have done in the first place.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Gorka: Trump ‘Sent a Very Simple Message — America Is Back’


Friday on the Fox News Channel, former Trump strategist Sebastian Gorka said the strikes a day earlier on Syria were a signal that “America is back.” According to Gorka, this message was in contrast to American leadership before Trump’s presidency. “The president sent a very simple message: America is back,” Gorka said. “The world is dangerous without American leadership. And don’t forget, he went to the heart of the Muslim world. He went to Riyadh, and he gave a speech in front of more than 50 Arab and Muslim heads years, and we are not going to allow the things that have gone on for the past 16 years to persist.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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