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Joe Scarborough, Westchester's Brzezinski Say Trump Used Tabloid As Threat

President Donald Trump is continuing to fight with "Morning Joe."
President Donald Trump is continuing to fight with "Morning Joe." Photo Credit: File

Joe Scarborough and his fiancée and MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski, a Bronxville resident, are fighting back after President Donald Trump mocked the co-hosts of "Morning Joe" on Twitter Thursday.

Whose version of events involving the National Enquirer do you believe?
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Whose version of events involving the National Enquirer do you believe?

  • "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski
  • President Donald Trump
  • Neither
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The duo said Friday that three Trump aides said an expose on the three would run in the National Enquirer run that involved Brzezinski's daughters and her ex-husband unless they called Trump to apologize for their negative coverage of him. National Enquirer publisher David Pecker is a longtime friend and ally of Trump's.

One of the aides reportedly involved is Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.

Trump tweeted on Thursday, "I heard poorly rated 'Morning Joe' speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"

The tweet was condemned by politicians on both sides of the aisle.

Scarborough said he refused to call Trump with an apology. A story ended up running in the Enquirer which mentioned Scarborough bought three six-packs of beer a week, which Scarborough laughingly denied. 

Scarborough and Brzezinski canceled postponed trip to Boston to address the allegations on Friday morning's show.

"I've never bought a beer in my life," Scarborough said.

Scarborough said Trump has a "disturbing" obsession with Brzezinski. In an op-ed  headlined "Donald Trump is not well" written in the Washington Post, the two denied Trump's claims about the visit to Mar-a-Lago and said Brzezinski did not have a facelift but had her chin tweaked.

Trump responded to the two on Twitter, dismissing their Enquirer claims as fake news.

"Watched low rated 'Morning Joe' for first time in long time," Trump tweeted. "FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show."

Scarborough responded by calling Trump's tweets as lies and said he has text messages from aides and phone records.

"Why do you keep lying about things that are so easily disproven? What is wrong with you?" Scarborough tweeted.

Scarborough later tweeted that he and Brzezinski have begun their vacation.

Trump, who owns the $19 million Seven Springs estate in Bedford, also owns Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Stormville and Trump National Westchester in Briarcliff Manor.

The Trump name also adorns Trump Tower At City Center in White Plains, Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, Trump Park Residences in Yorktown and the Donald J. Trump State Park on the Westchester/Putnam border.

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