US President Donald Trump has again lashed out at two television hosts, labelling them “crazy” and “dumb” despite days of bipartisan criticism over his initial attack on the pair.
Mr Trump attracted widespread condemnation from across the partisan divide over tweets on Thursday in which he called co-host of the MSNBC Morning Joe program Mika Brzezinski “low I.Q. Crazy Mika”, and said she was “bleeding badly from a face lift” when she visited his Mar-A-Lago estate around New Year’s Eve.
He referred to her co-host and fiance Joe Scarborough, a former Republican US congressman, as “Psycho Joe”.
Dragging the scandal into a third day, Mr Trump tweeted on Saturday: “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!”
Mr Trump’s latest attack came on the heels of a response by the two hosts yesterday, where they questioned the mental health of the US President and accused him of trying to exert pressure on them over unfavourable coverage.
“This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the President to have the story spiked,” they wrote in a column in The Washington Post titled “Donald Trump is not well”.
“We ignored their desperate pleas.”
Scarborough told the Morning Joe show he received calls from three top administration officials asking the co-hosts to call Mr Trump and apologise for their coverage of his administration.
They told him that if he called and apologised, Mr Trump would get the story killed, Scarborough said.