Earlier this week, Joe Scarborough offered a pretty striking secondhand account of Donald Trump's foreign policy acumen — or rather, his lack thereof.
"I'll be very careful here," the MSNBC host said, before passing along some hearsay. "Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on an international level went to advise Donald Trump, and three times he asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times, [Trump] asked — at one point, 'If we have them, why can't we use them?'"
The Trump campaign is strongly denying this account, but it does highlight a very interesting dichotomy when it comes to Trump. And that's this: Americans love Trump when it comes to defeating the Islamic State. When it comes to the nuclear button, though, they'd apparently prefer he come nowhere near it.
In a Fox News poll, Americans prefer Trump to Hillary Clinton by 9 points — 51 percent to 42 percent — when it comes to "destroying terrorist groups like ISIS." But when asked more broadly about who is better on the issue of terrorism, it's a tie. More broadly still, on foreign policy, Clinton leads by 16 percentage points, 55 to 39.
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