Donald Trump has been President of the United States for close to eight months and has struggled during much of his time in office. After even more damaging information [VIDEO]was released linking Trump back to Russia on Monday, one MSNBC host didn't hold back.

Morning Joe on Trump

When Donald Trump announced that he was running for president [VIDEO] back in June 2015, his candidacy quickly kicked off in controversial fashion when he referred to illegal immigrants from Mexico as "rapists" and "murderers." In the months that followed, Trump's rhetoric and campaign style caused massive backlash in the mainstream media and with many members of his own Republican Party.

However, due to the former host of "The Apprentice" being a Washington outsider and many voters looking for something different in politics, Trump found a way to appeal to enough conservatives in the primary and was named the GOP nominee at the Republican National Convention. Just months later and Trump's momentum carried over to his shocking general election win over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, with the billionaire real estate mogul now the new commander in chief. Despite this, Trump's time in office has been marred by controversy, mostly due to his alleged ties to the Russian government. After it was reported that Trump's lawyer contacted a Kremlin official in 2016 to help with a Russian real estate deal, even more pressure was put on the White House. As seen on the August 29 edition of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, co-host Joe Scarborough hit back.

(Scarborough's comments come around 2:20 in the above video.)

During Tuesday morning's "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough and his panel guests ripped into Donald Trump over the latest news. Originally reported by the Washington Post, Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, sent an email to Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov in an attempt to obtain assistance with the president's real estate dealings. In response, Scarborough accused Trump of taking part in a scam to make a quick during the election, while never actually thinking he would win.

"This was all a money-making scam," Joe Scarborough claimed. "He (Trump) thought Jeb Bush was going to beat him," the MSNBC host continued, before adding, "he was going to take the money and run." Regular panel guest Mike Barnicle agreed, labeling Trump's candidacy a "marketing" and "branding exercise." "They did not think that they were going to win the presidency," Barnicle said, while adding, "he was more interested in his business assets, and promoting them in Russia."

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As the drama linking Donald Trump to Russia continues, the pressure is mounting on the president to make a move in a positive direction.

In addition to his issues with the Kremlin, Trump is also facing a difficult time rallying enough Republicans to back his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, while also making little progress on issues dealing with immigration and his proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.