President Donald Trump attacked MSNBC journalist Mika Brzezinski on Twitter about a face-lift she reportedly had (video below).
Trump used Twitter to go after the "Morning Joe" co-host on June 29:
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!
Mark Kornblau, head of PR for NBC News and MSNBC, tweeted a response to Trump's attack: "Never imagined a day when I would think to myself, 'it is beneath my dignity to respond to the President of the United States.'"
Trump was apparently upset with comments on that morning's broadcast about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's conflicts with the White House, notes RawStory.com.
"Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough began the segment by saying that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has become the de facto secretary of state.
Brzezinski placed the blame on Trump, whom she said is "out of his mind":
Everybody in Washington, in the administration, needs to look at this from, I think, a point of view where they’re not lobotomized because you’re sitting in there and you’re so scared of him, and you think you need to suck up to the president. You need to look at this like any company.
Let’s say someone came into NBC and took over NBC, and started tweeting wildly about people’s appearances, bullying people, talking about people in the competition, lying every day, undermining his managers, throwing them under the [bus]. The person would be thrown out. It’s just not normal behavior. In fact, there would be concerns that the person who runs the company is out of his mind.
There about these are legitimate concerns at this point. We have never seen anything like this before, ever. Is there any precedent in history, in the United States of America? Yes, there may be precedent in some other countries, that’s not a good sign.
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's attack on Brzezinski's looks by telling Fox News that Trump was "bullied by the liberal media":
Look, I don’t think that the president’s ever been someone who gets attacked and doesn’t push back. There have been an outrageous number of personal attacks, not just to him but to frankly everyone around him.
People on that show have attacked me many times. This is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by liberal media, and the liberal elites within the media or Hollywood or anywhere else.
Brzezinski responded to Trump's attack by tweeting the back of a picture of Cheerios cereal box that said: "Made For Little Hands."
Sources: Donald Trump/Twitter (2), RawStory.com, Mark Kornblau/Twitter, Fox News via YouTube, Mika Brzezinski/Twitter / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr, U.S. Department of State/Flickr, US Department of Labor/Wikimedia Commons, Mika Brzezinski/Twitter