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Morning Joe Rips Mike Pence Over ‘Bush League,’ Poorly-Timed Declaration ISIS is ‘Defeated’

On Thursday, Morning Joe dragged Vice President Mike Pence for proclaiming the defeat of ISIS just after American servicemen died from an attack the terror group has taken credit for.

Four Americans died yesterday in the U.S.-patrolled city of Manbij, Syria when an attacker blew up his suicide vest. Even though Pence eventually offered sympathies over those who died from the attack, his first course of action after it happened was to give a speech that lavished praise on President Trump‘s leadership while saying “The caliphate has crumbled and ISIS has been defeated!”

Joe Scarborough ripped Pence for his “bush league” remarks while noting that several Republicans have already expressed concern that Trump emboldened ISIS by announcing the imminent withdrawal of troops from Syria. Mike Barnicle agreed as he denounced Trump’s “foreign policy by impulse.”

“It has not been defeated,” Barnicle said. “It’s thriving to a certain extent. It is not going away. It has been diminished, there’s no doubt about that, but it is not defeated.”

As Scarborough noted that ISIS has been able to take advantage of U.S.-engineered power vacuums before, he concluded by saying “you go out and you say that ISIS is dead, ISIS is finished, ISIS is wiped out. All you’re doing is encouraging the type of attacks yesterday that killed four Americans.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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