Scarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban

Scarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban
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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough mocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE on Friday night after the White House announced that the administration would move to ban most transgender people from serving in the military.

The "Morning Joe" co-host sent a tweet accusing Trump of issuing the decision in an attempt to distract from the massive spending bill he reluctantly signed Friday and an upcoming "60 Minutes" interview with adult-film star Stormy Daniels.


"Boy, this transgender ban is going to get conservatives to forget you signed the biggest spending bill ever and Sunday’s 60 Minutes interview. #DeflectionDon," Scarborough tweeted.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is set to appear on the CBS show this Sunday to discuss her alleged affair with the president in 2006.

Daniels is one of several women who have come forward claiming affairs with the president around 2006, a year after he married first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor Trump dodges media's questions after Mueller report release MORE, Daniels's lawyer said.

Daniels's lawyer previously said on Scarborough's show that his client was threatened with physical harm in connection with her alleged affair with Trump.

Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, has been a top critic of the Trump administration and frequently mocks the president on Twitter. 

The MSNBC host's tweet came shortly after the White House issued a memorandum Friday night stating that transgender people are "disqualified from military service except under limited circumstances."

The decision was based on recommendations from Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump learns to love acting officials Shanahan says he's 'never favored' Boeing as acting Defense chief Trump moves to install loyalists MORE, who warned of risks to military readiness and lethality in a now-public memo to the president.