MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan warned GOP lawmakers on Thursday that defending President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE would be akin to "hugging a suicide bomber."
Jordan, a former aide in the George W. Bush administration, made the comments as the president revealed in tweets Thursday that he did not have tapes of his conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey, after weeks of speculation.
"He wasted the country’s collective time speculating over whether these tapes existed or not,” Jordan told host Craig Melvin. "It’s a sad day when you cannot depend on the president’s word."
"My advice would just be to Republicans who do cozy up to him — it’s just like hugging a suicide bomber, he blows you up in the process with him," Jordan said.
“That’s a little strong, Elise,” Melvin replied.
“If you’re a Republican who went out on a limb and defended Donald Trump over saying, 'Well, he’s got tapes that will back up his point of view,' you just got blown up, too,” maintained Jordan, who also serves as a Time magazine contributor.
Trump tweeted Thursday that he does not have recordings of his conversations Comey, ending weeks of speculation over whether he recorded the discussions.
“I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” Trump tweeted.
The president did broach the possibility that a third party could have recorded his conversations with the former FBI director, whom he fired in early May.
“With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey,” Trump tweeted.
Trump stoked speculation last month in a tweet raising the possibility of "tapes" while warning Comey against leaking details of their conversations. Comey later testified before lawmakers that he hoped tapes did exist.