On Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle asked Gary Johnson, Libertarian Presidential candidate, “What would you do if you were elected about Aleppo?”
Gary Johnson responded by asking “And What is Aleppo?” Immediately after the host explained what is “Aleppo,” Gary Johnson went on to explain his position on the Syrian conflict.
The MSM is having a field day with Gary Johnson’s “What is Aleppo?” question, however, Gary Johnson has released an official statement on the mix-up:
This morning, I began my day by setting aside any doubt that I’m human. Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict — I talk about them every day. But hit with “What about Aleppo?”, I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict. I blanked. It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign.
Can I name every city in Syria? No. Should I have identified Aleppo? Yes. Do I understand its significance? Yes.
As Governor, there were many things I didn’t know off the top of my head. But I succeeded by surrounding myself with the right people, getting to the bottom of important issues, and making principled decisions. It worked. That is what a President must do.
That would begin, clearly, with daily security briefings that, to me, will be fundamental to the job of being President.