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U.S. President Trump offends in highly personal terms TV news hosts on Twitter

U.S. President Trump offends in highly personal terms TV news hosts on TwitterU.S. President Donald Trump assailed TV news host hosts of the MSNBC program "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in highly personal terms on Thursday, in a Twitter attack.

This is reported by Reuters.

The Republican president called Mika Brzezinski, a journalist and daughter of former White House national security adviser Zbigniew 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 also referred to former Republican U.S. Congressman Scarborough as "Psycho Joe."

Trump is known for his prolific Twitter habit, which includes mocking attacks on critics and rivals, but his tweets on Thursday drew a particularly strong response.

"It's a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job," MSNBC's communications office said on Twitter.

The "Morning Joe" program broadcast live telephone interviews with Trump during the 2016 presidential race, but its hosts have turned increasingly critical of him since he took office in January. On Thursday's show, Brzezinski excoriated the Trump administration and said its officials should not act "lobotomized" because they are scared of the president.

Lawmakers in both parties rebuked Trump. "I don't see that as an appropriate comment," Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said of Trump's tweets.

However, at a briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called it a "false narrative" to portray Trump's remarks as "an attack on a woman" rather than on a critic, adding, "What about the constant attacks that he receives?"

"He's not going to sit back and get attacked by the liberal media, Hollywood elites. And when they hit him, he's going to hit back," Sanders said. "I don't think it's a surprise to anybody that he fights fire with fire."
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