Mika Brzezinski Sorry for Pompeo 'Butt Boy' Comment

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Brzezinski did not appear on Morning Joe on Thursday after the comment, which her husband Joe Scarborough excused as "a long-planned family event".

Brzezinski and co-host Joe Scarborough were discussing Pompeo's reaction on "Fox & Friends" to the murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard ... is that a patriot speaking, or a wannabe dictator's butt boy?". I'm dead serious, I'm asking.

Brzezinski responded to Pompeo's interview and said, "I understand that Donald Trump doesn't care".

"SUPER BAD choice of words", she wrote on Twitter.

Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany who Trump praised for "having the courage to take this terrible issue on", called Brzezinski's comment "outrageous. totally unacceptable & deeply disturbing".

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Brzezinski's remark is hardly the first instance when critics of Donald Trump have used homophobic biases to target him or his policies.

Speaking on Fox and Friends on Wednesday, Pompeo reiterated President Donald Trump's position that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a key USA ally and cast doubts over reports that the secret service agency is confident bin Salman ordered the murder.

"I knew it right away, and I tweeted that it was a bad choice of words and that I was sorry", she added, according to Deadline. "Sexualizing gay people this way is created to control them & minimize our worth", Grenell said, while also adding that he didn't think much of Brzezinski's walk-back. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called it a "rogue operation". The direct evidence, this is what I've said before, the direct evidence isn't yet available. I should have said "water boy". like for football teams or something like that. apologize to @SenatorDurbin too!

"I hate to expend energy defending Brzezinski, but she was using that problematic phrase in a different way". To this point, Kilmeade asked Pompeo "we know the prince knows, right?"

Brzezinski later expressed regret for her words, telling Anderson he was justified in his criticism. "Give me a break!"