A spokesperson for the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., on Friday denied working with the White House to force MSNBC co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski into contacting President Trump.
"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," Dylan Howard, chief content officer and vice president for American Media, said in a statement Friday morning.
Brzezinski and Scarborough alleged on Friday that White House officials threatened them with a negative National Enquirer story that they said would only be pulled if they asked Trump for help.
"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," they wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "We ignored their desperate pleas."
The two elaborated on the plot during their Friday show following up after a tense 24 hours since Trump first berated the engaged media couple on Twitter, and Trump responded by saying the hosts called him to stop the article from being published.
"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," Trump tweeted.
Scarborough responded on Twitter within minutes of Trump's comment.
"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 wrote.