MSNBC Hosts Say Trump Officials Used National Enquirer as a Threat

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War of words escalates between the president and Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

President Donald Trump during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on Friday.
President Donald Trump during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on Friday. PHOTO: OLIVIER DOULIERY/ZUMA PRESS

A war of words between President Donald Trump and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski escalated Friday, with the television co-hosts saying administration officials offered to help quash a National Enquirer article if they eased up on their coverage of the president.

Mr. Trump took to Twitter to deny that assertion.

In an op-ed in the Washington Post on Friday, Mr. Scarborough and Ms. Brzezinski wrote that they had ignored threats from the administration about their coverage of Mr. Trump.

“This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative…

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