“Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were attacked this morning by Donald Trump. To add to the attacks, New York Magazine reported Friday that Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, threatened Scarborough and Brzezinski to release the National Enquirer publishing a story about their relationship if they didn’t apologize to the president.
According to the report, Kushner had texted Scarborough back in April about the tabloid story. Kushner told the “Morning Joe” host that the story could be stopped if they apologized to Trump for their negative coverage of his first months in the White House.
After Scarborough refused to apologize for doing his job, a story ran on June 5 titled “Joe & Mika: TV Couple’s Sleazy Cheating Scandal.”
But Scarborough and Brzezinski had a response of their own, writing an article on The Washington Post on Friday titled “Donald Trump is not well.”
The article read that Trump’s “unhealthy obsession with ‘Morning Joe’ does not serve the best interests of either his mental state or the country he runs.”
“We believe it would be better for America and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to “Fox and Friends,” they added.
Trump had attacked Brzezinski on Thursday morning, saying “she was bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a visit to Mar-a-Lago in, but the two “Morning Joe” hosts ripped Trump for his “schoolyard insults.”
Trump tweeted Friday:
Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
In a statement to New York Magazine, the Enquirer said, “We have no knowledge of any discussions between the White House and Joe and Mika about our story, and absolutely no involvement in those discussions.”