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 TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' 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 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial 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 MattisLawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Trump called top military brass 'a bunch of dopes and babies' in 2017: book MORE, who warned of risks to military readiness and lethality in a now-public memo to the president.