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Andy Kropa, Evan Vucci / AP

"Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzenzski blast President Trump in an op-ed at the Washington Post this morning, saying Trumpworld previously threatened them with a National Enquirer story, calling the president not "mentally equipped" to watch their show, and encouraging him to stick to "Fox & Friends" instead.

Top quotes from their rebuttals about his Twitter claims from yesterday:

  • "Mr. Trump claims that we asked to join him at Mar-a-Lago three nights in a row. That is false. He also claimed that he refused to see us. That is laughable."
  • "The president-elect invited us both to dinner on Dec. 30. Joe attended because Mika did not want to go. ... Joe was asked by a disappointed Mr. Trump the next day if Mika could also visit Mar-a-Lago that night... After we arrived, the president-elect pulled us into his family's living quarters with his wife, Melania, where we had a pleasant conversation. We politely declined his repeated invitations to attend a New Year's Eve party..."
  • "Mr. Trump also claims that Mika was 'bleeding badly from a face-lift.' That is also a lie."
  • "And though it is no one's business, the president's petulant personal attack against yet another woman's looks compels us to report that Mika has never had a face-lift. If she had, it would be evident to anyone watching "Morning Joe" on their high-definition TV. She did have a little skin under her chin tweaked, but this was hardly a state secret. Her mother suggested she do so, and all those around her were aware of this mundane fact."

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Driving the news: The Department of Defense inspector general's report stems from a years-long investigation. Jackson has called the allegations "false and fabricated."

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Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

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