A spokesperson for the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., denied working with the White House to force MSNBC co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to seek assistance from President Trump to halt publication of a negative story about them.
In a statement Friday morning, Dylan Howard, chief content officer and vice president for American Media said in a statement:
“At the beginning of June we accurately reported a story that recounted the relationship between Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the truth of which is not in dispute. At no time did we threaten either Joe or Mika or their children in connection with our reporting on the story. 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.”
In an op-ed published Friday in the Washington Post, Brzezinski and Scarborough alleged that White House officials threatened them with a negative National Enquirer story that they claimed would only be pulled if the two media hosts asked Trump to halt its publication.
“This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked,” Scarborough and Brzezinski wrote in the op-ed. “We ignored their desperate pleas.”
The two elaborated on their claims during their Friday show, prompting Trump to respond by tweeting, “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.”
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
Within minutes, Scarborough responded.
“Yet another lie. I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven’t spoken with you in many months,” Scarborough tweeted.
Yet another lie. I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven’t spoken with you in many months. https://t.co/TZWiElo6Gs
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 30, 2017
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