Scarborough: Trump didn't think he would win, campaign was ‘money-making scam’

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Tuesday said President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE never expected to win the White House.

"Donald Trump never thought he was going to win the presidency," Scarborough said on "Morning Joe."

"This was all a money-making scam. He thought Jeb Bush was going to beat him."

Scarborough said Trump was going to "take the money and run."

" 'So let me use the position I'm in right now and try to get that tower in Moscow,' " Scarborough said.

His comments come after a report that a top executive from Trump's real estate business reached out to Russian President Vladimir Putin's personal spokesman during the 2016 campaign to ask for help with a stalled Trump development project in Moscow.


The report said Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer, sent the email about a Trump Tower development to Dmitry Peskov in January 2016.

Another report said members of the Trump Organization and investors nearly reached a deal to open a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential race.

Trump's company and investors signed a letter of intent to open up a massive development as part of the Trump brand but dropped the deal in January 2016 after they failed to get the land and permits to launch the project.

"It just keeps going," Scarborough said on Tuesday. "You just keep thinking OK well, they couldn't have done anything dumber than this."

Trump was a regular caller to "Morning Joe" during the his presidential campaign, but Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski have regularly been critics of the Trump since his inauguration, leading Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, to announce he was leaving the GOP in July.