Chuck Todd on Trump Shutdown Remarks: We Can’t Take Him ‘Seriously or Literally Anymore’


On the same day that Donald Trump repeatedly advocated for a government shutdown in the name of stricter immigration laws, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd stated that Americans can’t take their president “seriously or literally anymore.”

The comment Todd responded to involved Trump saying, “If we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown. We’ll do a shutdown and it’s worth it for our country. I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.”

However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to explain away the president’s bizarre pro-shutdown remarks with a statement suggesting Trump shouldn’t be taken literally. The Meet the Press Daily host responded with the following monologue on his show today:

“We can’t take the president literally, and that’s a serious problem… We’ve hit the point where you can’t take anything this president says seriously or literally — not on Russia, not on immigration, and not on the economy… We begin with the president throwing a bit of a grenade into negotiations, again, to keep the government from shutting down again. He repeatedly called for a shutdown for some reason if Congress doesn’t act to seriously toughen up immigration laws.”

With the government already shutting down once this year — which the Republicans blamed on Democrats — Trump’s comments appear particularly odd, but Sanders insisted he “isn’t looking for [a shutdown]” and that his comments were just part of his Art of the Deal negotiating tactics.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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