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Trump Denies 'Morning Joe' Threat

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By    |   Friday, 30 Jun 2017 09:08 AM

President Donald Trump hit back against claims made by MSNBC "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that he'd offered to have a planned National Enquirer article about them "spiked," saying their claims were "fake news."

Just before their show ended Friday morning, Trump tweeted

Scarborough responded to Trump's comment with a pair of tweets of his own, saying he has records of the conversations with Trump's aides to back up his claims:

Friday morning, Scarborough and Brzezinski, who announced their engagement earlier this spring, delivered a lengthy response to a pair of tweets Trump had posted on Thursday, during which he claimed he'd rejected a visit from Brzezinski at his Mar-a-Lago estate because she was still bleeding from a facelift.

The show hosts, who had been scheduled to be off on Friday because of a holiday weekend vacation, made several comments about Trump's fitness for office, while claiming that they'd been told by sources in the White House that Trump would have a story about them "spiked" from appearing in the tabloid if they'd ease up on their criticism of him on their daily television program.

"We got a call that, 'hey, the National Enquirer is going to run a negative story against you guys' . . . and they said, 'if you call the president up and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike this story.'"

Brzezinski said the Enquirer was pinning its story on her ex-husband, but she knew he would not do a story and "they had nothing." She and Scarborough also claimed the publication was harassing her teenaged daughters.

"Our response talking to my ex-husband and Joe and my kids was, screw it, let them run it," said Brzezinski. "Go ahead and run it."

Scarborough said the incident was disturbing, "when top White House aides are dealing with tweets or top White House aides are dealing with reporters trying to do whatever they were trying to do in the National Enquirer? It's just horrifying."

Trump and David Pecker, the publisher of the National Enquirer, are longtime friends and allies, and the supermarket tabloid has often published articles that favor Trump while slamming his enemies.

During the 2016 campaign, the National Enquirer often attacked Trump's competition while embracing him, notes The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin. 

The magazine made its first political endorsement ever for Trump, notes Toobin, and often launched attacks on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton that included headlines such as "Donald Trump's Revenge on Hillary and Her Puppets."

The tabloid also claimed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who emerged as Trump's main competition in the wide GOP field, had love affairs with five mistresses and that his father was linked to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 

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President Donald Trump hit back against claims made by MSNBC "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that he'd offered to have a planned National Enquirer article about them "spiked," saying their claims were "fake news."
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