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Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw struggled to explain why President Obama decided to stay in Cuba after the terrorist attacks in Brussels rather than cancel the rest of his trip, as Brokaw expected he would.

Brokaw made his comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday:

So much of politics and national security is a combination of symbolism and reality. The reality is that we did have that attack yesterday. It was unnerving to us, it was devastating in Europe.

But at the same time, the symbolism is that the President stayed at the baseball game all day long where you would have thought he would have said, ‘Look, we’ve got more business that I have to deal with, I wish you well,’ [then] get on the phone.

We’ve got to put together some kind of a bulletproof syndicate to deal with all this. There’s a real urgency about it, and he has got to convey that, not just to the American people but to the world.

Instead of doing what the leader of the Free World should have done, he chose to stay in Cuba on his propaganda tour and attend a baseball game that had no meaning, except to paint a more flattering picture of Cuba. Meanwhile, the rest of the world struggled with the aftermath of what happened in Brussels.

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