Senior Advisor and son-in-law to President Trump, Jared Kushner issued an ultimatum to “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that if they failed to issue an apology to the president, the National Enquirer would publish a story about their relationship, as reported by the New York Magazine Friday.
According to the magazine, Kushner allegedly texted with Scarborough regarding the tabloid story in mid-April before the story ran. It was during their exchange that Kushner apparently claimed that Scarborough and his co-host, Mika would need to apologize to Trump for their negative reporting in order to prevent the story from being published.
After Scarborough refused to comply, the National Enquirer officially ran the story titled “Joe & Mika: TV Couple’s Sleazy Cheating Scandal” on June 5.
Details of the incident were first reported Friday morning in a Washington Post op-ed, in which Scarborough and Brzezinski, who are engaged to be married, wrote that Trump’s “unhealthy obsession with ‘Morning Joe’ does not serve the best interests of either his mental state or the country he runs.”
The couple said, “We believe it would be better for America and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to “Fox and Friends.”
The “Morning Joe” hosts also alleged that White House officials threatened them with a negative National Enquirer story, which they claimed would only be pulled if the two media hosts asked Trump to halt its publication, as reported on DML.
“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 also took jabs at Trump for his “schoolyard insults,” in reference to Trump’s tweets Thursday morning, calling Brzezinski unintelligent and crazy and saying “she was bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a visit to Mar-a-Lago, which has since created quite a stir among Democrats and Republicans.
As of Friday, Trump tweeted out that he refused to stop the Enquirer story.
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
The National Enquirer also told the New York Magazine: “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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