Trump continues tweets blasting MSNBC, CNN
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump, on vacation from Washington, stayed busy Saturday morning, posting criticisms of cable television news networks MSNBC and CNN over their coverage of him.
Continuing his beef with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Trump suggested that the hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, are “not bad people” — even as he disparaged them again — but that their show is undermined by their bosses at the network.
“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!” he tweeted.
Trump was angered by Brzezinski’s criticism of him on the show Thursday and then criticized her publicly, suggesting she had appeared at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on New Year’s Eve asking to get into a party and bleeding from a face-lift. Brzezinski and Scarborough have flatly denied Trump’s account.
Trump, who is spending three nights at his Bedminster estate in northern New Jersey, didn’t save his ire only for the Morning Joe crew. He also hit NBC and its parent company, Comcast, over the decision by MSNBC to cancel Greta Van Susteren’s short-lived cable show on Friday. The president cast it as an ideological decision made because Van Susteren was fairer to him in her coverage.
“Word is that Greta Van Susteren was let go by her out of control bosses at NBC & Comcast because she refused to go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’”
In recent months MSNBC, which has a reputation for liberal views, has hired a number of conservative-leaning hosts and analysts, including New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and Washington Post columnist George Will, and those who have worked for Republican administrations, including Nicole Wallace, who served for President George W. Bush. But those analysts also have been largely critical of Trump.
The president also leveled another attack in his ongoing feud with CNN, which he has repeatedly referred to as “fake news.” He and his aides have lambasted the cable network after it retracted and apologized for a story that linked one of his transition aides and the executive of a Russian investment fund. CNN fired three reporters and editors involved in the story, which the network said did not undergo standard vetting procedures.
Trump tweeted Saturday morning: “I am extremely pleased to see that CNN has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism. It’s about time!”
The networks and their hosts did not have immediate reactions to Trump’s tweets.
Also on Saturday morning, the president used Twitter for a more uplifting message: “Happy Canada Day to all of the great people of Canada and to your Prime Minister and my new found friend JustinTrudeau. #Canada150.”