President Trump is ripping into “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski for what many are calling a homophobic slur she let slip out on the show on Wednesday. In a criticism of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Brzezinski accused him of being a “butt boy” of the Saudi Crown Prince over the Trump administration’s refusal to declare nuclear war on Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Brzezinski later apologized on Twitter, which openly gay Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell criticized as insincere.
—QUOTABLE: “…[B]ut why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now? Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on ‘Fox and Friends,’ is that a patriot speaking or a wannabe dictator’s butt boy? And I’m dead serious, I’m asking, are these the words of a patriot?” -Brzezinski on the show
—QUOTABLE: “If it was a Conservative that said what “crazed” Mika Brzezinski stated on her show yesterday, using a certain horrible term, that person would be banned permanently from television…” -Trump on Twitter
—QUOTABLE: “[A]ccepting apologies is important. We all fail. But I don’t see that you’ve actually apologized to gays? Your words demean, mock and therefore try to control whole groups by minimizing our humanity.” -Grenell on Twitter
The Senate voted Thursday to withdraw congressional support for a Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. In a strong rebuke of the Trump administration, a bipartisan group of senators opted on a 56–41 vote to stop supporting the campaign against Iran-backed rebels in the Saudi peninsula country’s civil war. The move comes in response to the Saudi Crown Prince’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The bill pulling U.S. support for the Saudi war was a rare across-the-aisle act—it was sponsored by socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and uber-conservative Republican Mike Lee of Utah. Top Trump officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis urged the Senate to vote no.
President Trump says there’s more progress in the quest to pry nuclear weapon out of the hands of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Citing “progress” his administration has made with NoKo, Trump tweeted that he plans to meet with Kim again in the near future after a good meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim in Pyongyang. Pompeo had met with Kim for two hours in an effort to kick stalled denuclearizing meetings back into gear, nearly four months after an historic meeting between Trump and the Little Rocket Man back in June.
—QUOTABLE: “@SecPompeo had a good meeting with Chairman Kim today in Pyongyang. Progress made on Singapore Summit Agreements! I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future.” -Trump tweet