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>> donald trump has an enormous respect for our military, enormous respect for our military leadership. >> this morning, from asia, president obama also reacting to comments made by donald trump, calling his ideas, quote, wacky. >> i don't think the guy is qualified to be president of the united states. and every time he speaks that opinion is confirmed. >> plus, a key concern for the next commander-in-chief is the civil war in syria. so why did libertarian candidate for president, gary johnson, say this on msnbc this morning? >> what would you do if you were elected about aleppo? >> about? >> aleppo. >> and what is aleppo? >> you're kidding. >> no. >> good morning, everyone. i'm tamron hall, coming to you live from our msnbc headquarters in new york.
in the past hour, hillary clinton blasted donald trump on his remarks he made last night. in the commander-in-chief forum. calling them more evidence that he is unfit to be president. secretary clinton speaking at the airport near her home in chappaqua, new york, before heading to a rally in north carolina. >> last night was yet another test, and donald trump failed yet again. we saw more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be commander-in-chief. he trash-talked american generals, saying they had been, quote, reduced to rubble. he suggested he would fire them and replace them with his hand-picked generals. he attacked dozens of former flag officers by saying that, quote, we have been losing for us for a long time. that's how he talks about distinguished men and women who have spent their lives serving
our country, sacrificing for us. that's how he would act as commander-in-chief. >> a flurry of reaction continues to come in about last night's forum, which came just 18 days before the candidates face off in the first presidential debate. among this morning's newspaper headlines, the "new york times," candidates offer sharp contrasts in a debate preview. and from politico, trump/clinton stumble in debate dry run. here's a look at last night's highlights. >> i think under the leadership of barack obama and hillary clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble. >> we are not putting ground troops into iraq ever again, and we're not putting ground troops into syria. we're going to defeat isis without committing american ground troops. >> i've always said, shouldn't be there. but if we're going to get out, take the oil. if we would have taken the oil, you wouldn't have isis. >> how are we going to take the
oil? how are we going to do that? >> we do leave a certain group behind and you would take various sections where they have oil. >> we need to wage this from the air, on the ground and online in cyberspace. >> i don't want to broadcast to the enemy, what my plan is. >> as i have said repeatedly, it was a mistake to have a personal account. i would certainly not do it again. i make no excuses for it. >> i think i would have a very, very good relationship with putin. certainly, in that system, he's been a leader. far more than our president has been a leader. barack obama did not follow what our experts and our truly -- when they call it intelligence, it's there for a reason -- what our experts said to do. >> and ace mentioned, president obama this morning responding to some of the comments made by donald trump. the president was at a news conference in laos. here's what he said. >> as far as mr. trump, i've -- i think i've already offered my opinion. i don't think the guy is
qualified to be president of the united states. and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed. and i think the most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen to what he says and follow up and ask questions about what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or outright wacky ideas. >> let's start off with msnbc political reporter, kasie hunt, awaiting hillary clinton's rally in charlotte, north carolina. kasie, let's start with the idea of this news conference taking a few questions. is it because -- while donald trump is receiving the brunt of the criticism, there are still some questions about secretary clinton's performance last night? >> reporter: the reality is, since she got this new plane on monday, hillary clinton has spoken to the press in some
form, every day since. she talked to reporters on the plane on monday, again on tuesday, talked to matt lauer on tuesday and reporters again today. and she repeated comments she made about donald trump saying that isis is rooting for him. she is quoting matt olson there, former head of the counterterrorism center. so some tough words for him. she also, i think, wants to keep the focus on her national security message here. this is despite last night's forum, what they -- an issue they think is winning for her. they're going to do another round table on friday with national security policy experts, a bipartisan group. she has quite a few republicans supporting her. they're very quick to tout that fact. there's also a sense that maybe she was treated differently, partly because she was a woman. she was asked -- the rnc put out a statement afterward, i should say, saying she didn't smile enough in the forum and she asked about in this press
conference and suggested a lot of phd thesis are going to be written about what it's like to run as a woman. >> jacob rascon joins us outside trump tower, as well. getting some response from the team trump this morning. ja jacob, again, both candidates being criticized, but it would be completely unfair to say the level of scrutiny put towards some of clinton's remarks. it comes anywhere close to what donald trump said yesterday. >> reporter: and the trump campaign is saying, we did great last night, essentially. all of the advisers and other aides and on twitter and in the campaign official response. they seem to love how they did last night in the forum in general. that is, of course, what they want to focus on. and in their official response to clinton this morning, they're calling it a desperate press conference. really, they had a daily memo called "hiding hillary," in which they talked about her lack of formal press conferences.
they can no longer do that, of course, as today seemed to be a formal press conference. now they have this new attack, it's a desperate press conference by someone sinking in the polls. the trump campaign is really liking how they're looking in general this week. as we're beginning labor day, the unofficial start. that is their narrative right now. and, of course, they don't want to focus on what he said about the generals being reduced to rubble. >> right. >> reporter: just a side note as we end here, trump, it looks like, is just leaving trump tower right now. they just shut off the street, headed to cleveland. now, shifting the focus, he wants to, at least, education. >> it's going to be a tough job for him to shift the focus. a lot to discuss from that forum last night. jacob, thank you. i want to bring in nbc news national security reporter, ken delaney, who is reporting on these intelligence briefings, given to donald trump. so ken, let me start with what donald trump said last night. about body language that he claims to observe in his two briefings that he's received. let's play it.
>> what i did learn is that our leadership, barack obama did not follow what our experts and are truly -- when they call it intelligence, it's there for a reason -- what our experts said to do. and i was very, very surprised. in almost every instance. and i could tell -- i am pretty good with the body language. i could tell they were not happy. our leaders did not follow what they were recommending. >> there's been a huge backlash as a result of those comments. what can you tell me you're reporting right now? >> reporter: well, tamron, u.s. intelligence officials privately are really pushing back against this notion. first of all, that career intelligence analysts who brief donald trump would be suggesting anything through body language. they say they're trained not to do that. trained to play it down the middle. and secondly point out that intelligence officers don't really give policy advice. so the idea that they're not following policy advice doesn't make sense.
it is true not in the context of certify syria, they warned about isis before the administration did anything about it. and a covert operation to oust assad. and the president didn't go along with it. what officials are saying, it's not quite as trump has described. we're also learning new details about the briefing. general mike flynn, juan one of trump's key intelligence advisers, apparently asking very pointed questions to the point where he was interrupting briefers and governor chris christie had to ask him to calm down. nbc news has learned. >> and this is interesting that we're learning this information from a classified briefing, not the intelligence information, but some of the color of what was going on in that room. is that remarkable that we're getting this kind of detail? >> no, it's not that -- no. because it was a secret briefing, not a top secret briefing. i mean, there are certain things we're not learning. we're not learning the names of
the briefers. but when you have trump making these statements about the body language of the briefers, it's not terribly surprising that some people are pushing back about some of the color that happened in the room. >> thank you very much for that update, ken. joining us now, democratic senator, bill nelson of florida. he's a senior member of the senate arms services committee. senator, thank you so much for your time. >> thanks, tamron. >> let me just pick up where we were getting this reporting from our team of what happened inside this briefing where donald trump says that he could tell from the body language of intelligence officials who has given him two separate briefings that they don't approve of what the president is doing. what's your reaction to that? >> as a former member of the intelligence committee, you don't talk about a secret briefing. that's number one. the whole program, i think, last night showed that he's not qualified to be commander-in-chief. >> i want to play what he said
regarding taking the oil when he was asked about his plan or what he would do, the best way to get out of iraq and how to stop the spread of isis. let's play what he said. >> i've always said, shouldn't be there. but if we're going to get out, take the oil. if we would have taken the oil, you wouldn't have isis. >> how are we going to take the oil? how are we going to do that? >> we would leave a certain group behind, and you would take various sections where they have the oil. they have -- people don't know this about iraq, but they have among the largest oil reserves in the world, in the entire world. and we're the only once -- we go in, spend $3 trillion, lose thousands and thousands of lives and what happens is, we get nothing. it used to be the victor belong the spoils. now there was no victor there, believe me. there was no victor. but i always said, take the oil. >> so first off, we have checked -- fact-checked this so many times, but it bears repeating. donald trump talked about this
2004 "esquire" magazine where he was against the war in iraq. it was after the war started. no proof he was against the war before our troops were on the ground. set that aside. this idea of taking the oil that the victor gets the spoils. what does that say about his plan? >> well, after the fact, you would go in there and occupy those lands? as an american military force? no. the time to get the revenue from the oil was back at the beginning of the iraq war. so that they bore the cost of carrying the war. not what trump has suggested, that at the end of it, you go in and occupy their land. those are two completely different things. and that would -- that would be such contrary to the interests of the united states being an occupying force, taking away
arab lands. >> some of the comments that have gotten attention from your side from hillary clinton's side, her plan as far as troops on the ground. let me play what she said, and i've got a question for you after. let's play that. >> i think putting a big contingent of american ground troops on the ground in iraq and syria would not be in the best interests of the fight against isis and other terrorist groups. in fact, i think it would fulfill one of their dearest wishes, which is to drag the united states back into a ground war in that region. i support the air campaign, i support special forces, i support enablers, i support surveillance, intelligence and reconnaissance. >> so she's making it clear, because we do know there are special ops on the ground right now. however, how can she say with
certainty that troops won't be necessary down the road here? is that wise to do and say? >> it certainly is. the american people would not tolerate us having a standing army go back in and redo all over what we got in trouble by going in iraq in the first place. and so i think she made it very, very clear there. she laid out specifics of what you do in order to beat isis. contrast that. did we hear a plan from donald trump about how he was going to defeat isis? >> senator bill nelson, thank you so much for your time. we greatly appreciate it. thank you. >> thanks, tamron. >> of course. up next, donald trump defends his tweet on the number of sex assaults in the military. the tweet said, "what did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?"
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donald trump is facing new criticism today over a 2013 tweet on sexual assault. but the republican nominee stood by that tweet at last night's commander-in-chief forum. >> in 2013, on this subject, you tweeted this. quote, 26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military. only 238 convictions.
what did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together? >> well, it is a correct tweet. there are many people that think
that that's absolutely correct. >> so -- does that mean the only way to fix it is to take women out of the military? >> by the way, since then it's gotten worse. no, not to kick them out. but something has to happen. right now, part of the problem is nobody gets prosecuted. >> joining me now, sara trevio and steve casselton, who joined us next. a triple blue star father, also at the forum last night. two sons and his daughter-in-law veterans. thank you both for joining us. sarah, let me get your reaction to that exchange. >> i thought it was completely irresponsible for him to double down on that tweet. i think what he said was, it's still happening today and what does he actually mean by that? we have women on college campuses who are also facing sexual assault. does he think we should be removing women from universities, as well? i just don't really understand what he means by when they put men and women together, what do you expect?
>> and he did not clarify -- he said i'm not saying they should kick them out, but -- and then he trailed off in his answer. >> he stuck with it. it sounded like that. >> steve, your
daughter-in-law is in the military. you anticipated that military sex assaults may come up. we were talking about the stats. how do you rate donald trump's answer? >> the big thing about the statistics is that there is over 80% of them aren't even reported. so you really are talking -- the number is 145,000 sexual assaults or complaints or harassment going on in one year in the military. and the comment he made -- i mean, it's absolutely demeaning. i was disgusted. but then you have to look at it from a standpoint with donald trump. and, again, here's the funny part. i'm a republican. i voted republican every year since 1980. but a few years back, he said that, you know what? his version of serving the military was when he was trying to avoid getting stds in the '70s. this is a guy who says, "i want
to be commander-in-chief. i should be commander-in-chief." when did he decide that? before the bone spurs in his ankles. >> that did not come up last night. it has been asked of him many times and he has given his answer. were you left unsatisfied? with the questions -- not specifically the questions, but i guess the answers, as well. >> as a father, i was more than unsatisfied. i was -- i was really upset. it's a serious question. i mean, if there is a woman serving in combat, she should not -- she should be worried about one thing. the soldier next to her, protecting her sex. not looking at her sex. protecting her sex. and when you have somebody like donald trump, who makes the comments he did about your own katy tur, rosie o'donnell, megyn kel kelly. who is he going to have for these investigations? roger ailes? >> there was an audible gasp in the audience when he stuck with his tweet. he didn't backtrack, he didn't
say he was wrong in tweeting that out. when matt pushed him a little bit, you could feel a gasp -- the air kind of got sucked out of the room. everybody is like, is this happening? >> and you're not talking about the reaction from the women in the forum. >> no, this was everybody. >> it was across the board here. donald trump has continued to say that he did not support the war in iraq, and this is something he tries to position himself against hillary clinton on. let me play what he said last night, and remind everyone what he said in 2002 on "the howard stern show." let's play both, please. >> i happened to hear hillary clinton say that i was not against the war in iraq. i was totally against the war in iraq. from -- you can look at "esquire" magazine, from '04. you can look at before that. and i was against the war in iraq, because i said it's going to totally dee stabilize the middle east, which it has. it has absolutely been a disastrous war. and by the way, perhaps almost as bad was the way barack obama got out.
>> are you for invading iraq? >> yeah, i guess so. you know, i wish it was -- i wish the first time it was done correctly. >> sara, as someone who has served this country when you see 2002 version, versus this version now, how does that make you feel, knowing that you've put your life on the line and this could be the commander-in-chief? >> i think it's completely irresponsible. it's inappropriate. i don't think he's fit. how can somebody say one thing a handful of years ago, being asked about it now and completely deny that ever being said? i just -- it was mind-blowing to see some of his responses last night. >> you're an independent. you're leaning toward hillary clinton. >> i am. >> right now you identify yourself as an independent. >> yes. >> steve, you said you voted republican. having two sons and a daughter with their lives potentially in jeopardy every day, when donald trump talks about the generals and how bad things are with our
military, what do you -- what does that do in your mind for the self esteem, the morale of our troops, when they're generals or privates, people getting in? >> it nauseates me, who here is a man who everything he says is correct. never made a mistake in his life, according to donald trump. the generals are wrong. the generals are idiots. oh, i have this secret plan to get isis. funny part is, on his website yesterday, and i looked again today about national security. he has nothing about isis. so i guess it really is a secret plan. but then he turns around and says, well, he's going to give the generals 30 days. so are these the generals who he thinks aren't smart enough to do what they're doing? or is this anybody in the military who is not smart enough? all he does is knock, and at the mean everybody who is in the military. not just now, future, present and past. like a senator mccain. oh, i only support people -- i only like people who weren't captured. >> sarah, you were leaning
toward hillary clinton. here you are looking now at these two individuals, hearing their answers. did anything change your mind or push you one way or the other at this point? >> i think especially in reference to the question you just talked about, with the generals, that was another moment that there was an audible gasp in the audience. everyone felt so disrespected. how are you going to come on here and talk to an audience of veterans and is specifically discuss how the highest-ranking military officials, the generals of the army are unfit and have been reduced to rubble? it was just really, really disrespectful. and honestly, through the discussions that i was able to listen to last night, i think i'm absolutely continuing to lean towards hillary. >> last question, steve. in reflection there, was there something else you would have liked to have heard from both of the candidates last night? >> more about what you're going to do to help support the military. as far as health care goes, military health care should be at least on par with members of congress. as far as the military, why did the military get a cut in pay?
will they ever get a cut in pay? their pay raise this year less than the cost of living. talk specifics. talk how you're going to support the backs of every member of the military, where they don't have to worry about will the commander-in-chief have my back. i think last night everybody who was in the audience, nobody could walk out and say, "i know donald trump will have my back." >> steve, sara, thank you very much. thank you for your service, of course, and steve, to your sons and your daughter-in-law. thank them, as well. coming up, more reaction to what the candidates did and, as you heard there, did not say. specifically about defeating isis. >> is the plan you've been hiding this whole time asking someone else for their plan? >> no. but when i do come up with a plan that i like and that perhaps agrees with mine or maybe doesn't, i may love what the generals come back with. >> we are not putting ground troops into iraq ever again. and we're not putting ground troops into syria.
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private. i wouldn't do that. >> i'm joined now by congressman, mark at that cano, active ranking member on the house veterans' affairs committee. thank you so much for your time, congressman. >> pleasure to be here, tamron. >> what's your assessment of that exchange over this argument many have made, including -- actually, people on both sides discussing the possible privatization of the v.a.? >> well, i was disappointed there wasn't more discussion about veterans' issues in general. didn't get into anything about the [ inaudible ] the closure of itt tech and tens of thousands of veterans being put out in the streets, homeless, because they can't get their housing stipends through the fwchlt i. bill. that being said, i thought hillary clinton was right on when she said that she would oppose any privatization of the system. and donald trump has been murky at best as to what he means. i've heard him say that he is
for the privatization, the voucherization of g.i. bill benefits, much like paul ryan was advocating for medicare benefits. and this would have the result of a huge drain of resources, up to 40% or more, from the v.a., which could damage its core mission to serving veterans with very special needs and post traumatic stress disorder. you know, many veterans come back without limbs, very speciali specialized, would be jeopardized. all veteran service -- i would say nearly all credible veteran service organizations oppose what donald trump has been saying on what he would do to privatize the v.a. >> the very important issue of suicides among our veterans came up, as well. both candidates were asked about it. let me play what they both said. >> i was outraged by the stories that came out about the v.a.
and i have been very clear about the necessity for doing whatever is required to move the v.a. into the 21st century to provide the kind of treatment options that our veterans today desperately need and deserve. >> one of the big problems is the wait time. vets are waiting six days, seven days, eight days. under a part of my plan, if they have that long wait, they walk outside, they go to the local doctor, they choose the doctor, choose the hospital, whether it's public or private. >> obviously, that wasn't the answer regarding the rate of suicides among veterans, but that was addressing the v.a. scandal. we obviously covered what was happening in phoenix f many, manydays it's no longer in the headlines, but you still have veterans certainly caught up in the system and we know it needs to be improved. >> we do know it needs to beism proved. and i think hillary clinton has the experience in governing to understand the nuance and
complexities that needs to occur. while they need to be examined, as we improve v.a. health care services. it's not going to be solved overnight. there are a lot of nuances and complexities. the congress did act, we need to do more to improve upon the v.a. choice bill we did pass. we need to improve the number of practitioners generally in our country, especially in mental health, our psychiatrists. 1,500 additional graduate medical education slots or medical residencies approved for the v.a. to train more doctors, as well as more money to hire doctors. but, look, we have a shortage of practitioners in this country generally. the v.a. has to compete with a private sector for those doctors and psychiatrists. donald trump's plan, which i said was murky at best, would risk, you know, in many parts of our country is not a solution. because in the private sector,
there are shortages and there are wait times there. they're just not published and the way the v.a. wait times have been published. so donald trump has no real solution with this plan, and he doesn't really have the patience for the experience or, i think, you know, the capacity to really analyze policy. he doesn't bring that to the table. he is going to, i think, have a lot of trouble coming up with a credible plan to fix the kinds of challenges the v.a. faces. >> congressman mark tacano of california, thank you for your time. we greatly appreciate it. up next, more on libertarian presidential candidate gary johnson's major mistake. it happened this morning on msnbc. he was asked about aleppo. hisesponse has gone viral. the launch window. we have to be very precise. if we're not ready when the planets are perfectly aligned, that's it. we need really tight temperature controls.
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now, george albin, msnbc political analyst, jonathan alter. thank you for joining. i'll start with you. when we were looking at the aftershocks of what was said, clearly, the remarks that donald trump made about vladimir putin, jonathan made this observation, as well. it seemed to be the only person that he didn't offend, if you look at some of the criticism from what he said about the generals comparing president obama to vladimir putin. how do you think this is going to play out with our military personnel? >> sure. so obviously, very strong support expressed for the president of russia, much less support expressed for the president of the united states. these are the sorts of things that in a different race would be stunning, would be show-stoppers. i think in this race, it's been something we have come to expect, and, you know, for -- surprising as what donald trump
said last night about vladimir putin, would have been -- had it been four years ago and mitt romney, not that surprising at this stage of the race with donald trump. >> jonathan, your reaction to that -- this is not all that surprising, where you have donald trump saying, if vladimir putin says nice things about me, i'm going to say nice things about him. >> well, things that are basically unpatriotic or extremely unwise in terms of our international relations should be news by any standard. the standard should not be whether we are surprised, the standard should be what does it say about a possible president of the united states who insults everybody except for the thuggish former kgb chief, vladimir putin. the question it raises, why. we don't know the answer to that question, because we haven't seen donald trump's tax returns. we don't know about his financial connections. potential financial connections. to vladimir putin. he won't give us any of the information required. it's passing strange that he would be insulting our generals,
saying they were, quote, rubble and then going on to insult our intelligence briefers, our cia folks, by saying they were using body language to show their policy preferences, which is absolutely ridiculous. there is no history of that in any briefing that's ever been done for any president or any presidential candidate. so he's insulting our cia. he's insulting our generals. he's praising vladimir putin. that should be the take-away from this forum. and i think if it's being reported properly, the whole country will understand in the next few days. >> george, i know you're reporting -- you handle education for vets, employment, transition issues for veterans. that was not obviously the dominant discussion last night. what do you feel was perhaps missing from both candidates, quite honestly, specifically on the issues you cover daily?
>> sure. i think that one of the biggest constraints i saw last night was just time. an hour and, you know, maybe 20 minutes and change for each candidate is not going to be a lot of time to really delve into the issues that really matter. you know, i think that a little more focus on one of the biggest issues to come out recent days has been the closure of itt tech, which for post 9/11 users was one of the largest schools in the country in the 2015 fiscal year. it was top ten. so that is going to have an enormous effect on a lot of veterans, college didn't really come up last night. >> jonathan, on another note, i do have to bring up, of course, the first ten minutes of hillary clinton's questions dealt with this e-mail situation.
and now you have the e-mail released that hillary clinton received from colin powell, giving her information. and it says here -- what i did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line. so i could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the state department service. i even used it to do business with some foreign leaders and some of the senior folks in the department on their personal e-mail accounts. if it is public that you have a blackberry and it is a government and you're using it, government or not, to do business, it may become official record and subject to law. be very careful. i got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data that was released by elijah cummings last night. what does this do now for her argument of where she got some guidance? >> well, i actually think, you know, the burden is now on the people chanting "lock her up, lock her up," "crooked hillary."
do they said to say "crooked coalin" now? we have the republican head of the appointed by a republican president who said that no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges against hillary clinton. so i think it's time for the press to put the burden on the republicans and the trump surrogates and trump himself. why are you suggesting that there were laws broken, not suggesting, claiming that there were laws broken. in terms of her response last night, after a lot of poor responses, for months, she responded horribly to the situation. she finally got a clear explanation out, which is that if it is not labeled at the top in big letters, top secret, secret, or confidential, there was no concern, if you're a policy maker with using those e-mails. none of the e-mails that we know of that had that designation on
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it's campaign season, trying to sort of encourage the team. but a more particular message from the vice president, because democrats don't get to control the floor on the house side, he is trying to use the bully pulpit, so to speak. there is a lectern behind the guys assembled there that has the hash tag, "do your job," a way for joe biden to say to republicans who do control things on capitol hill to work through some matters like how to fund the government, september 30th is the end of the fiscal year. how to deal with the zeika funding. the house has passed that. the senate side things are gummed up. another notable visit here today is supreme court nominee in waiting, merrick garland, visiting with patrick leahy, who is the top democrat on the senate judiciary committee. that's the group that has the responsibility for holding hearings and ultimately deciding on whether a nominee goes to the floor for a full vote, as we
know. republicans have been blocking merrick garland, now the longest nominee, waiting to be considered. republicans say they will not consider it, that this should be a matter for the next president. so those kinds of things are happening here on capitol kind happening here on capitol hill. we expect joe biden to sort of probably be joe biden with an enthusiastic pitch to try to get some of these things accomplished. it's a way to bring the campaign trail here where the business is still going on. tamron? >> thank you very much. coming up, the nbc political team digs into the nine controversial statements donald trump made in 24 minutes. that's next with nbc's senior political editor mark murray.
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minutes, gary johnson on msnbc this morning with mike barnicle, let's play what happened. >> what would you do if you were elected about aleppo? >> about -- >> aleppo. >> and what is aleppo? >> you're kidding. >> no. >> aleppo is in syria. it's the -- it's the epicenter of the refugee crisis -- >> oh, okay, got it, got it. >> he said he thought it was an acronym. are we down to three now? does this disqualify him? >> he's got to be in well over double digits to make the debate and there's a very big question, he hasn't even come close to 15%, tamron. but i will say that, you know, here's somebody -- governor johnson is a former two-term governor of new mexico but someone who doesn't have foreign policy experience and sometimes people -- we've seen bill clinton being a former governor, george w. bush, you have to practice this and you have to at least demonstrate some type of knowledge and this was certainly
a bad moment for him. >> demonstrating some type of knowledge. interesting transition to what happened yesterday. we don't have time to go through the list but you guys have nine controversial statements made last night by donald trump. some people might think it's putin, some people might think it's firing generals, others say this information that he allegedly gleaned from body language in an intelligence meeting. what's the most offensive? >> tamron, it all took place in 24 minutes. i think to me the one that is still resonating is the contrast between the praise for vladimir putin and the criticism for u.s. generals. hillary clinton went hard at that and talking about any one of those kind of moments would have been for any other presidential candidate or any presidential nominee maybe a week-long controversy, a week long where the news cameras are just chasing you left and right but when you have nine then suddenly you just go on to the next day and have another five or six. >> is this deliberate? designed to keep people disjointed? >> i don't think it's deliberate but i will say it's benefitted him throughout the process because it's so hard to pinpoint on just one.
i think the news media, you and i and everyone else, sometimes when there's one or two big stories we're better at following it rather than nine things happening in 24 minutes. >> if you want to see the list of nine head to our web page and you can check out our first read and go through the top nine. thank you very much, mark. see you later, we'll be right back. time for the "your business" entrepreneur of the week. some salesmen focus all their energy on selling their products. not mort berkowitz. this new york-based political button maker says building long-term relationships is the key and his customers prove it with their orders year after year, asking for more. for more, watch "your business" sunday mornings at 7:30 at msnbc. will your business be ready when growth presents itself? our new cocktail bitters were doing well, but after one tradeshow, we took off. all i could think about was our deadlines racing towards us. a loan would take too long. we needed money, now.
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united states and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed. reduced to rubble, trump's takedown of america's top military brass, an unprecedented assault by a potential commander-in-chief. >> well, the generals under barack obama and hillary clinton have not been successful. >> do you know more about isis than they do? >> i think under the leadership of barack obama and hillary clinton, the generals have been reduced the rubble. >> and here's a question -- what is aleppo? that's the question that broke the internet today on "morning joe." >> what would you do if you were elected about aleppo. >> about -- >> aleppo? >> and what is aleppo? >> you're kidding. >> no. >> this from a third party and can date that many folks have been demanding belongs on the presidential debate stage.