During MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday, BBC World News anchor Katty Kay argued that President Trump was “alienating” Iran while visiting Saudi Arabia and Israel during his visit to the Middle East. Kay also asserted that Iran was a “potentially pro-American nation.”
Kay contended that all President Trump’s Sunday speech did was “pour oil on the flames of the rift that is growing between the Sunnis and the Shias in that area of the world. It’s hard to see in the long run how that improves peace and stability in the region.”
Host Joe Scarborough replied, “I have to say, Barack Obama was openly hostile to a lot of these Sunni regions. He was, I don’t want to say loathed throughout the region, but it was hard to find a leader or foreign minister or ambassador that had anything nice to say about the United States. They felt abandoned. I’m talking about the Sunni Arab world, felt abandoned from the very beginning. The question is, how do you embrace your friends without starting a cold war with your enemy?”
Kay took issue with Scarborough’s view, and said, “You know, you’re alienating a nation which is potentially a fairly pro-western, pro-American nation that has just voted in, not a totally free election–”
Scarborough chimed in, “Iran? You’re speaking like a European now…there is nothing pro-American about Iran!”
Watch the exchange here.
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