Friday's HOT MIC
What's Morning Joe up to here:
He went to great pains to try to pin leaks about Jared Kushner on WH chief strategist Steve Bannon:
My working theory: Scarborough, who called for Trump to fire Bannon in March, is trying to bait the president into doing just that. He thinks Trump is thin-skinned and will bristle if talk of "President Bannon" becomes part of the 24/7 news cycle. So far that strategy hasn't panned out. Remember the giddy predictions about Sean Spicer getting the boot because he was hogging the spotlight? But, of course, with the "Spicey" SNL situation you didn't have a member of the president's family in the mix. I hope Scarborough is wrong. It would send a terrible message to our enemies if Trump were to demonstrate that he could be so easily manipulated.