Trump-TV hosts Feud es­ca­lates

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A duo of Amer­i­can TV hosts hit back Fri­day af­ter a deeply per­sonal at­tack by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, ques­tion­ing his “un­moored be­hav­ior” and fit­ness to serve in an es­ca­lat­ing pub­lic feud. Trump’s coarse out­burst against jour­nal­ist Mika Brzezin­ski-the lat­est salvo in his on­go­ing war with the me­dia sparked a ma­jor back­lash, as well as stern con­dem­na­tion from within his own Repub­li­can party. In a feisty re­sponse, Brzezin­ski and her fi­ance and co-host Joe Scar­bor­ough, who head­line the “Morn­ing Joe” pro­gram on the left-lean­ing MSNBC ca­ble net­work, penned a Wash­ing­ton Post opin­ion piece ti­tled “Don­ald Trump is not well.”

“Our con­cerns about his un­moored be­hav­ior go far beyond the per­sonal,” they wrote, say­ing they were “nei­ther shocked nor in­sulted” by Trump’s at­tack. “Amer­ica’s lead­ers and al­lies are ask­ing them­selves yet again whether this man is fit to be pres­i­dent. We have our doubts, but we are both cer­tain that the man is not men­tally equipped to con­tinue watch­ing our show, ‘Morn­ing Joe,’” they said. Ap­par­ently stung by sharply crit­i­cal cov­er­age on the show, Trump had fired off two tweets Thurs­day, say­ing: “I heard poorly rated @Morn­ing_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch any­more).

“Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psy­cho Joe came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and in­sisted on join­ing me. She was bleed­ing badly from a face-lift. I said no!” In the Post, the co-hosts de­scribed his tweets as “a flurry of false­hoods” and “laugh­able,” say­ing they went to the Florida re­sort at Trump’s in­vi­ta­tion, and chat­ted pleas­antly with the for­mer real es­tate ty­coon and his wife Me­la­nia. They also re­jected Trump’s graphic de­scrip­tion of the 50-year-old Brzezin­ski, while dis­clos­ing that she “did have a lit­tle skin un­der her chin tweaked, but this was hardly a state se­cret.” —AFP

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