Saturday 21 April 2018

Donald Trump renews feud with TV hosts, calling them 'crazy' and 'dumb as a rock'

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron board Air force One to depart Washington at Joint Base Andrews Maryland, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves the White House after a visit, in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

James Rothwell and Nick Allen

Donald Trump has renewed his feud with two morning television hosts calling them "crazy and dumb as a rock".

Mr Trump first sparked outrage from Democrats and Republicans on Thursday when he suggested that presenter Mika Brzezinski had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when he saw her six months ago. She co-hosts MSNBC's "Morning Joe" news programme with her fiance Joe Scarborough.

On Saturday morning Mr Trump offered something of an olive branch, calling the pair "good people," while also attacking them and their bosses at the NBC network.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: "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!"

Mika Brzezinski
Mika Brzezinski

He also attacked NBC for letting go high profile anchor Greta Van Susteren. Mr Trump said: "Word is that Greta Van Susteren was let go by her out of control bosses at NBC because she refused to go along with 'Trump hate'!"

Mr Tump also blasted the two dozen US states that have refused to provide voter details to a panel he set up to investigate what he has claimed were millions of people voting illegally for Hillary Clinton in last year's election.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski arrive for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski arrive for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

The president said: "Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?"

Mr Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter to all 50 states on Wednesday asking them to turn over voter information including names, dates of birth, voting histories, criminal convictions, and the last four digits of social security numbers.

Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi's Republican Secretary of State, said: "They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi."

It came as Melania Trump, the First Lady, issued a scathing rebuttal to claims by Miss Brzezinski that she was only staying in the White House for the sake of her 11-year-old son Barron.

Miss Brzezinski told InStyle magazine: "I know Melania. I haven't talked to her in months but, if my gut is right, I don't think she's going to put up with it much longer.

"Melania’s got the worst job in the country and I don’t think she wants do it a lot longer. I think she will do it for as long as she has to for her son, and that’s it."

The First Lady responded with a furious statement in which she denied Miss Brzezinski knew her, and said it was "sad when people try to further their own agenda by commenting on me and my family".

In May, a video emerged which appeared to show the First Lady refusing to take the president's hand as they disembarked from Air Force One. They seemed to have a similar incident during a trip to Tel Aviv.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves the White House after a visit, in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves the White House after a visit, in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Mr Trump has had a tortured relationship with the Morning Joe programme.

Mr Scarborough and Miss Brzezinski have alleged that senior White House staff put pressure on them to tone down their negative coverage.

U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump with First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive at Morristown municipal airport, New Jersey, U.S., to spend a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

They claim Mr Trump's staff threatened that the National Enquirer tabloid would publish a salacious story about them unless they personally apologised to the president, which has been denied by the White House.

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