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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough slams Trump for brazenly 'lying' to 'American heroes'

President Trump couldn't even get a visit to the troops right, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough says.

On Wednesday, Trump made his first active war zone visit to surprise troops in Iraq. The trip is worth commending — except the part where Trump brought up the border wall fight to push his "unpopular domestic agenda" on "American heroes," Scarborough said on Morning Joe Thursday morning.

Scarborough went on to compare Trump to Winston Churchill and former GOP presidents, saying they never tore down political opponents on war zone visits. Scarborough then mentioned another gaffe: how Trump falsely claimed he fought Democrats to push a 10 percent pay raise for troops. "The very people who would know that [Trump] was lying about their pay raise would be the troops themselves," Scarborough incredulously added.

But "worse" than those "lies" are Trump's "dangerous policies" that could force Americans to fight terrorists back at home, Scarborough said. "U.S. leaders once stood up to bullying threats from tyrannical thugs from Turkey or from Russia," Scarborough said. But Trump, he added, "caved like a quivering coward" amid pressure from Turkey to end America's campaign in Syria. Trump also listened to Russia in choosing to go soft on Saudi Arabia, Scarborough said, adding that it all puts "all Americans in greater danger."

Watch the whole scathing segment below. Kathryn Krawczyk