MSNBC's Joe Scarborough predicted Monday morning that President Trump isn't "going anywhere until Bob Mueller says he’s going somewhere," pushing back on what he described as heightened social media speculation that the president may resign.
"This weekend, there seems to be a turn where a lot of people are negative, have started to talk about impeachment and have started to talk about that maybe he’s going to resign now," Scarborough said on "Morning Joe." "But he’s not going anywhere, is he? Where is this coming from?" the host asked NBC political analyst Mark Halperin.
“Because people look at White Houses that play offense and defense," Halperin replied.
"What is on the list of playing defense? Afghanistan, North Korea, the Mueller investigation, the debt ceiling,” he added, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the presidential election and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow to influence its outcome.
“But that doesn’t mean he’s resigning or being impeached," Scarborough injected.
“Of course not, but because he’s doing nothing on offense and offense would be tax reform, would be front and center because there’s no sign they’re doing anything on offense, it’s easy for the large percentage of the country, tens of millions of Americans who would like him to go," Halperin explained.
"I spent three days in Hollywood. They want to know 'when' is he leaving. It’s not 'if.' It’s like what is the date he’s out of office.”
“You went to the heart of America," Scarborough joked.
“I put my finger on the pulse of an important segment," Halperin retorted. “They’re kind of the extreme case, 3,000 miles away. They simply want to know when he’s leaving.”
“He’s not going anywhere until Bob Mueller says he’s going somewhere," Scarborough concluded.
The analysis follows an NBC News/Marist poll released on Sunday that shows Trump’s approval is underwater in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate in three decades to win those states, which propelled his unexpected victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE in November.
In Michigan, 36 percent of residents approve of the president's performance, while 55 percent disapprove. In Pennsylvania, 33 percent approve and 52 percent disapprove. In Wisconsin, Trump has a 33 percent approval rating, with 56 percent disapproving.
“For residents of these three critical electoral states, the reaction to the first round of the Trump presidency is decidedly negative. Residents are clearly dissatisfied in how candidate Trump transitioned into President Trump," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.