Trump resumes attacks on 'Morning Joe' hosts

Later, Mr Trump claimed the media "is trying to silence us" as he addressed supporters at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC.

Added Scarborough, "He's so much worse with women".

Trump had attacked Brzezinski and Scarborough throughout the week, culminating in a Saturday-morning tirade claiming that "Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses".

The social media sniping with the Morning Joe anchors sparked bipartisan criticism, and Brzezinski fired back by posting a picture of a cereal ad about "little hands".

Trump's tweets were aimed at MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski. In the column, Scarborough and Brzezinski said that White House staffers threatened them, saying they would have to beg Trump to spike a story in the National Enquirer.

The northern Virginia congresswoman was one of several Republicans to denounce the president's tweets. Mr Trump's tweets, his latest attacks on the U.S. news media, were roundly condemned by lawmakers in both parties and became a distraction as his fellow Republicans in the Senate try to iron out their differences over major healthcare legislation.

"We got a call that, 'Hey, the National Enquirer is going to run a negative story against you guys", co-host Joe Scarborough said during Friday's show.

What's definitely true is this: Trump and the publisher of the National Enquirer, David Pecker, are friends and allies.

This isn't the first time Trump's attacked women media figures - it's not even close - and it's also not the first time he's done it on Twitter. In the article, Brzezinski and Scarborough refute Trump's story as to why the couple were at his Florida home around New Year's Eve. "We don't have to get along, but we must show respect and civility", she said.

And then, shortly thereafter, Trump once again went after Morning Joe co-hosts Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. He did not identify the administration officials. Many will recall his previous haemoglobin-themed rant about the TV journalist, Megyn Kelly ("Blood coming out of her wherever"), when she had the temerity to ask him questions. You need to call. Please call. Come on, Joe. "At no time did we threaten either [Scarborough or Brzezinski] or their children in connection with our reporting on the story".

"The country is not", Scarborough said on Friday's "Morning Joe" on MSNBC.

"President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behaviour go far beyond the personal".

"We ignored their (White House staffers) desperate pleas", Brzezinski and Scarborough wrote in the Washington Post.

  • Jon Douglas