MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday morning called President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner “completely out of touch” with reality after they celebrated the U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem the day prior amid deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip.
Scarborough spoke as the news station aired images of the first daughter and Kushner smiling and speaking about the embassy opening, juxtaposed with photographs of combat and bloodshed in Gaza, where Israeli military forces reportedly killed 58 Palestinians.
“When you have images that we had yesterday, the split screen out of Israel that we had yesterday, at some point it doesn’t matter what CC and Egypt thinks about the Palestinians, or what NBS and Saudi Arabia thinks, whether he’s tired of the Palestinian cause or not,” Scarborough said. “This actually causes unrest across the region does it not? And actually makes it more difficult for us to move forward with our Sunni allies.”
Journalist David Ignatius, a guest on the show, reiterated that the contrast of the images “will shock people in the Middle East, should be a shocking contrast for people all over the world.”
Scarborough continued, “For the rest of the world you actually saw an administration, a White House, and—we’ll say it since Ivanka Trump was there—a family completely out of touch with the realities of the region that they’re dealing with.”
“You had a split screen of what looked like a VIP camp at the Belmont Stakes,” Scarborough said.
“They don’t care,” his co-host Mika Brzezinski interjected.
“They just seem totally oblivious to what was going on not so far away,” Scarborough concluded.
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Prior to Morning Joe, immediately following the embassy unveiling, many people bashed the senior White House advisers for painting a rosy picture at the event and largely ignoring the nearby conflict.
“As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution,” said Kushner in his brief reference to the violence in Gaza.
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