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A rare compliment form “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough prompted a Wednesday tweet from President Donald J. Trump.

Scarborough said our  72-year-old president will be hard to beat in 2020, noting his energy and vigor.

“A couple weeks ago, when Donald Trump said, I’m young, I’ve got more vigor than them, well you know, you look at a clip like that, and he does. He just does,” Scarborough said.

Trump responded saying, “Thank you Joe and remember, the BRAIN is much sharper also!”

The president then blasted out a pair of tweets excoriating the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Trump tweeted, “The Fake News Washington Post, and even more Fake News New York Times, are writing stories that there is infighting with respect to my strong policy in the Middle East. There is no infighting whatsoever. Different opinions are expressed and I make a decisive and final decision – it is a very simple process. All sides, views, and policies are covered. I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon.”

Fox News reports:

Trump’s tweets come amid mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran, with the Pentagon on Wednesday ordering all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq amid still-unspecified threats that the Trump administration has linked to Iran. The recent discord between the U.S. and Iran has raised concerns among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about a potential war with Iran, and has drawn comparisons to the lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003.

Recent days have seen allegations of sabotage targeting oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a drone attack by Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi rebels and the dispatch of U.S. warships and bombers to the region.

At the root of this appears to be Trump’s decision a year ago to pull the U.S. out of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, embarking on a sanctions campaign against Tehran. In response, Iran’s supreme leader issued a thinly veiled threat on Tuesday, saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels.

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