The feud between President Trump and MSNBC co-anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski has been stretched to a third consecutive day.
Amid a flurry of tweets Saturday morning about a myriad of topics, Trump said, "Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!"
Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
The tweet continues an unprecedented spat between a president and a pair of journalists.
At the end of Scarborough and Brzezinski's show, "Morning Joe" on Thursday, Trump insulted both of them in a pair of tweets. In particular, Trump received widespread condemnation for claiming that he saw Brzezinski at the Mar-a-Lago around New Year's Eve, and that she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift."
Trump has been criticized by the Scarborough and Brzezinski on their show. White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that the president has been "attacked mercilessly on personal accounts" by people on "Morning Joe" and added that Trump has made it "clear that when he gets attacked he's going to hit back."
Trump's tweets Thursday prompted both Scarborough and Brzezinski to dispute Trump's claims in an op-ed in the Washington Post and they delayed their July 4 vacation to address the president's tweets on their show Friday morning.
In that op-ed, Scarborough and Brzezinski said the Trump White House had threatened them with a negative National Enquirer story that they said would only be pulled if they asked Trump for help. A spokesman for the parent company of the tabloid later denied having any involvement in pressuring the MSNBC hosts to reach out to Trump.
Still, after the pair elaborated on the plot during their Friday show, Trump replied with a tweet, saying, "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."
Scarborough claimed on Friday to have records of conversations he had with President Trump and his aides to prove the Trump administration used the National Enquirer as a threat.
However, there are no plans at MSNBC to release any of these alleged texts or phone conversation records, an MSNBC source told the Washington Examiner.