Maddow Asks Important Question: Is Trump Admin Stupid Or Nefarious?

After a series of blunders including sending an aircraft carrier to Austrailia instead of the waters off North Korea during the tense standoff in the last week, questions are swirling about the basic competence of the Trump administration.

During her show on Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow looks at the recent awkward behavior by the Trump administration and the difficulty foreign policy experts are having in determining whether the administration is woefully incompetent or deliberate and calculating.

Later in the show, Maddow spoke with Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian, to talk about how past presidents have worked tirelessly to avoid sending mixed signals like the ones Trump is sending that could lead to war.