Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski accused the White House of attempting to control them with a National Enquirer story, @Morning_Joe for very first time in very long time. PHONY NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer post. I said no! Bad program
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://t.co/TZWiElo6Gs!.?.!— Joe Scarborough(@JoeNBC)
June 30, 2017 Brzezinski and Scarborough
suggested in their op-ed that the president change the channel.” The president’s unhealthy obsession with ‘Morning Joe ‘does not serve the best interests of either his psychological state or the country he runs,” they wrote. “In spite of his continuous claims that he no longer views the program, the president’s closest advisors tell us otherwise. That is regrettable.”
“It does stress me about the country,” Brzezinski said on the air, continuing: “He appears to have a fragile, impetuous, childlike ego that we have actually seen over and over once again, specifically with females. It’s like he cannot take it.”
See the records of the on-air conversation below:
WILLIE GEIST: I want to ask you about something else you published in the Washington Post piece this morning. It’s something, once again, we’ve talked about in personal. You have actually never ever talked about it on television. I’m currently getting a great deal of concerns about it. I wish to offer you the opportunity to describe. “This year, leading White Home employee cautioned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative short article about us unless we pled the president to have the story surged. We neglected their desperate pleas.” Just what happened there to the level you’re comfortable talking about it?
SCARBOROUGH: I’m comfy talking. I believe we have to talk about it now, due to the fact that it explains the relationship and his actually odd fixation with this program and in particular, his truly disturbing obsession with Mika. We got a call that, “Hey, the National Enquirer is going to run an unfavorable story versus you men.” And it was, “Donald is buddies with– the president’s friends with the person that runs the National Enquirer.” And they stated, “If you call the president up and you excuse your coverage, then he will select up the phone and– basically– spike this story.”
I had– I will just say, three people at the very leading of the administration calling me, and the response was like, I resembled, are you kidding me? I do not know what they have. Run a story? I’m not going to do it. The calls kept coming and kept coming. And they resembled, “Call. You require to call. Please call. Begin, Joe. Simply select up the phone and call him.”
DONNIE DEUTSCH: It’s blackmail.
BRZEZINSKI: And let me describe exactly what they were threatening. They were calling my children. They were calling friends of mine.
SCARBOROUGH: You’re discussing the National Enquirer.
BRZEZINSKI: And they were pinning the story on my ex-husband, who would absolutely never ever do that. I knew immediately it was a lie and that they had nothing. These calls persisted for quite a long time, and after that Joe had the conversations that he had with the White House where they said oh, this could go away.
GEIST: I just desire to be really clear here. The National Enquirer is pestering your children, your children, who are teenagers?
GEIST: And after that Joe in turn is getting calls from the White Home– MIKA: Stating, call Donald and ask forgiveness.
SCARBOROUGH: By the method, they’re also– I was at Mika’s home, uh, for a couple of minutes, and came out, and there was a guy in a van that was, was simply staked out there viewing. It was clear that he was from a tabloid, and he started asking concerns. And then after all this started to take place, that’s when we began getting calls from the White Home, saying, “If you call, you have to call the president”– BRZEZINSKI: And our reaction talking to my ex-husband and Joe and my kids was screw it, let them run it. Go on and run it. We’re not calling. We’re not calling.
SCARBOROUGH: By the way, they ended up running something, and they interviewed a person who resembles “Yeah, I seen him there for about a year. He is available in. He buys about three six-packs a week here in my store.” Hold on. I’ve never purchased a beer. You can check it out. I’ll be Gary Hart here. Follow me around. I’ve never purchased a beer in my life from a corner store, from a bar. Anywhere.DEUTSCH: I don’t wish to
talk about tweets any longer. Exactly what you just stated is one of the most frightening things I’ve ever heard. MIKA: Well, this is what we got.DEUTSCH: That generally that this story was going to run unless you grovel
to the president, and after that the president will eliminate the story. GEIST: But, not just the story. We’ll have National Enquirer stop harassing your kids if
you grovel to the president of the United States. SCARBOROUGH: Exactly what makes it even worse for them is Donald Trump called me during the project and boasted about his buddy who ran the National Enquirer. And he ‘d always state, have you seen the Ben Carson story? Have you seen the Ben Carson story? Have you seen that story in the Enquirer? And after that he ‘d speak about it. Did they do the JFK story too? I have no idea if they did the JFK story too. There were all these stories planted in the National Enquirerfor individuals that Donald Trump wanted to attack.