'Morning Joe' Host Blames John Bolton for Iran Statement Mistake the White House Deemed a 'Clerical Error'

The White House this week had to make a major correction to a statement about Iran's nuclear weapons, swapping the word "has" for "had" in relation to Iran's "robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world." The White House blamed the shift in tense on a "clerical error."

MSNBC's Morning Joe, however, pointed the blame at a specific person during the show Tuesday: National Security Adviser John Bolton.

"We have reported in the past on lots of typos that have come out of the White House, typos in tweets by the president himself, typos from the press office," said co-host Mika Brzezinski before leading into the Iran statement story, via a clip of the show posted to Mediaite. "You wonder why it matters? This might be why."

After a short panel discussion centering on the idea that this was actually more than a typo but rather a sign of incompetence from the administration of President Donald Trump, co-host Joe Scarborough brought up Bolton.

"So the question is: Is this a message that John Bolton sent out himself and was later forced to walk back from the secretary of defense, from the secretary of state?" Scarborough said. "Because that information contradicts what Secretary of State [Mike] Pompeo said just a couple of weeks ago."

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MSNBC 'Morning Joe' hosts Joe Scarborough (right) and Mika Brzezinski speak during a Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics event in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives July 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Later, after further discussion about incompetence within the administration, Scarborough repeatedly asked if it was Bolton who reviewed the statement, which the morning show host suggested could have started a war.

"I don't think this was incompetence," Scarborough added later. "I think this was John Bolton, or somebody connected to John Bolton, trying to send a message, a shot across the bow to Iran."

The Iran deal—which was made under the administration of former President Barack Obama—eased economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for a halt to the country's nuclear development. President Donald Trump has spoken out against the deal, threatening to withdraw because he doesn't think it was tough enough on Iran.

The statement from the White House followed a presentation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claiming to have secret information that proved Iran had broken its nuclear deal with the United States.

"Even after the deal, Iran continued to preserve and expand its nuclear weapons program for future use," Netanyahu said on Monday. "The nuclear deal is based on lies. It's based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception."

Pompeo, said in a statement late Monday, meanwhile, that he had reviewed the documents obtained by Israel and believed Iran wasn't truthful about the nature of its nuclear program.

"For many years, the Iranian regime has insisted to the world that its nuclear program was peaceful," Pompeo said in a statement. "The documents obtained by Israel from inside of Iran show beyond any doubt that the Iranian regime was not telling the truth."

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