Two US TV hosts attacked by Donald Trump after criticising his presidency have hit back, questioning his mental health.
He had dubbed the female half of the duo “low IQ crazy Mika” , referring to her “bleeding badly from a face-lift” .
On the MSNBC “Morning Joe’ programme on Friday, the pair responded.
Co-presenter Mika Brzezinski said:
“It is unbelievably alarming that this president is so easily played. He is so easily played by a cable news host. Now what is that saying to our allies. What is that saying to our enemies.”
Fellow host Joe Scarborough said of Trump:
“I will just say that somebody at the top of his campaign last summer said to me: ‘We are all really worried about his emotional state’.”
The pair said the White House had warned that a negative story would appear about them in a tabloid unless they begged the President to get it stopped.
But again lashing out on Twitter, Trump put forward an alternative version of events.
Denouncing ‘FAKE NEWS”, Trump said: “He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show.”
Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 30 juin 2017
Not for the first time, critics have slammed the language, attitude to women and priorities of the most powerful man in the world.