Scarborough: Trump is either 'an agent of Russia' or 'a useful idiot'

Scarborough, who long enjoyed a good relationship with Trump that included largely friendly phone interviews before the two had a falling out as Trump clinched the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, did not provide evidence for his claim.  

The MSNBC host said Trump first "pledged his fealty and loyalty" to Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinHillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Overnight Defense: Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military | Military guns go missing | New White House strategy to battle domestic extremism Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin MORE in December 2015.

“Donald Trump is either an agent of Russia or he’s a useful idiot. Or he’s somewhere in between, we don’t know what it is,” he said.

“We will one day, but at the very least he’s a useful idiot or perhaps it’s what John BoltonJohn BoltonJohn Bolton: Biden-Putin meeting 'premature' Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Trump pushes back on Bolton poll MORE is now saying in public, and that is Donald Trump’s foreign policy is not run by what’s in the best interest of the United States of America, it’s not run to protect the American people, it is run for what’s in the best interest of his bottom line and it’s run to protect his bank accounts," Scarborough said. "It’s all about the money.”

Bolton is Trump's former national security adviser. He resigned from the position under pressure from Trump in September.

Trump has not appeared on "Morning Joe" or MSNBC since May 2016, while Scarborough left the Republican Party after his election and became an independent. 

The commentary comes as the news cycle has been completely dominated by coverage of impeachment proceedings. 

On Wednesday, ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS preempted their regularly scheduled programming for live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee's open impeachment hearings of Trump. All of the major cable news networks, including Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and C-SPAN also offered live coverage and post-hearing analysis. 

Ratings showing total viewership and ratings for individual networks and channels are expected Thursday afternoon.