MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Rages on Mattis Exit: ‘The World is Less Safe Today,’ With ‘Last Human Guardrail’ Gone


Nicolle Wallace did not mince words at the outset of Deadline: White House on Friday.

“[T]he world is less safe today after the dramatic resignation of the last human guardrail,” Wallace said.

The man she presumes to be the guardrail, of course, is Secretary of Defense James Mattis — who resigned yesterday amid his opposition to President Donald Trump‘s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

“A clear rebuke of Donald Trump’s reckless decisions,” Wallace said of the Secretary’s resignation.

In a scorching show opener, the Deadline: White House anchor went on to quote her colleague, NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel — whose decorated military sources sound as though they are ready to hit the panic button.

“Seems like ALL my military contacts worried about an unconstrained President Trump taking a baseball bat to national security strategy to divert attention, or for whatever motivates him. Two former four-stars just told me, ‘Widespread concern,’ ‘We are on dangerous ground.'”

And then Wallace quoted her own source — who described a president currently gripped by fear on a number of fronts.

The explanation for all this mayhem as described to me today by a close trump ally, quote, he’s scared. He’s scared of Mueller. He’s scared of his base. He sees it all crumbling around him.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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