The President is accused of orchestrating an attempt to blackmail “Morning Joe” hosts using the services of the National Enquirer.
In a serious allegation, Mr. Scarborough claimed that a White House staff member called him and said the National Enquirer was set to publish an embarrassing story about him and Mika Brzezinski. The staff member said the President would have the National Enquirer spike the story if Mr. Scarborough called the President and apologized to him. New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman confirmed that it was Jared Kushner who spoke to Mr. Scarborough, though the T.V. host has said a number of people called him as well.
The Intellectualist has reported that the National Enquirer and President Trump have a close, mutually beneficial relationship. He and David Pecker, the CEO of the National Enquirer, have a long history together. In his recent New Yorker article, Jeffrey Toobin asserted that Mr. Trump was an anonymous source for the tabloid.