The recent Twitter war between President Trump and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski has reached a fever pitch with the talk show hosts now claiming that White House officials offered to help the couple stop a negative story from running in the National Enquirer, just as long as they apologized to the President for the horrible things they’ve been saying about him on their show, “Morning Joe”.
The couple could be telling the truth about that, because it’s now being reported in New York Magazine, Bloomberg and other publications citing unidentified sources that Jared Kushner considered purchasing the well-known tabloid three years ago and was one of the people who spoke to the “Morning Joe” co-hosts about what they could do to stop the bad publicity.
Before his father-in-law took office, Kushner was a real estate developer and publisher of the New York Observer, which ran as a weekly newspaper back then.
It’s being reported that Kushner, along with his brother-in-law, Joe Meyer, and Enquirer publisher David Pecker, tried to buy the tabloid’s owner, American Media Inc. The information comes from more unnamed sources saying that the deal fell through.
But the tabloid was a Trump supporter during last year’s campaign as it headlined alleged scandals about his opponents and garnered praise from Trump, who once said that the Enquirer deserved journalism’s Pulitzer Prize.
In a commentary in the Washington Post Friday, Scarborough and Brzezinski complained that top White House staffers had warned them about an upcoming story in the Enquirer “unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.”
Trump tweeted in response that Scarborough had “called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no!”
Indeed, the story about their relationship ran in June.
“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,” Dylan Howard, American Media’s chief content officer, said in a statement. “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.”
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