NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell said she thinks American diplomacy is better on TV than in real life.
On Monday, Mitchell interviewed actor Erich Bergen, co-star of the CBS “Madam Secretary” in which Tea Leoni plays CIA-analyst-turned-Secretary-of-State Elizabeth McCord.
Mitchell praised the show for its portrayal of what she thinks diplomacy should look like rather what it has been since President Trump took office.
“As we’ve had a downturn at the State Department, at least it’s one place we can watch diplomacy in action, at least once a week on Sunday night,” Mitchell said.
“The only time you get it,” Bergen replied.
Leoni’s character is modeled after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who in the season finale on Sunday revealed her desire to run for president — presumably with a better result than Clinton had in 2016.
Mitchell has been critical of the Trump administration, questioning the close ties between the administration and Israel and calling the U.S. embassy’s move to Jerusalem “appalling.”