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Scarborough: Putin more likely to take tough question than Trump

Scarborough: Putin more likely to take tough question than Trump
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MSNBC's Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughKinzinger: Conspiracy theory FBI planned Jan. 6 example of 'legacy of Trump and Trumpism' Scarborough, Greenwald trade insults on Twitter over rise of Trump Biden's poor TV ratings against Trump is exactly what this administration wants MORE compared President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE to Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Joe Biden the statesman Biden's summit with Putin is a good start MORE on Monday, saying Putin was more likely to take a tough question from a reporter.

"Though he kills journalists, Vladimir Putin, on camera, actually seems a little more willing to answer tough questions when they are asked of him,” the "Morning Joe" co-host, who has repeatedly battled with Trump, said. “Donald Trump can’t even handle that.”

“Of course, Donald Trump would kill reporters if he could get away with it,” Scarborough also added. “I think even his strongest supporters would admit Trump would do whatever he could get away with.”

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Trump and the hosts of "Morning Joe" have been in a long-running feud which has included Trump attacking the appearance of co-host Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiHarris shares advice for women she mentors The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Clock winding down on bipartisan infrastructure deal Mayor de Blasio announces New York City to 'fully reopen' on July 1 MORE, who is married to Scarborough.

Scarbrough has repeatedly insulted Trump and said in 2017 that the president suffers from "early onset dementia."

Trump was once a frequent call-in guest on the show during the GOP primary, but has not appeared on the program in years.  

Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida, left the Republican Party after Trump's election and became an independent in 2017.