One photo throws cold water on Trump's claim that Mika Brzezinski was 'bleeding' at Mar-a-Lago from a face-lift



Several hours after President Donald Trump viciously attacked MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski on Twitter on Thursday, claiming Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" during a December visit to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, CNN's Brian Stelter posted a photo of Brzezinski from that visit in which she appears to look normal.

Stelter tweeted a close-up photo of Brzezinski's face, writing, "For the record, this is a picture of [Brzezinski] at Mar-a-Lago at the time Trump is claiming she was bleeding badly."

The CNN media reporter did not disclose the source of the photo, but said that people close to Brzezinski's show, "Morning Joe," wanted to disprove Trump's claim.

Responding to a comment on his tweet, Stelter wrote that Trump's tweets were "offensive, but ppl close to 'morning joe' would also like to note that they were factually inaccurate. both."

In his Thursday morning tweets, Trump called Brzezinski "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" and took a shot at her co-host and fiance, Joe Scarborough, calling him a "Psycho."

"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," Trump tweeted. "She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"

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Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.
I do not think making fun of a woman's looks is acceptable. I get it every day of my life. I think that tweet is cruel - and unpresidential
The Insulter-in-Chief sinks to new lows -- and that's saying a lot. SAD and UNPRESIDENTIAL. https://t.co/xJxqseaGLl
Nobody could have foreseen that the 71 year old POTUS who's acted one way his entire life, and during campaign, would act that way as POTUS
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.
Here is a list of all the important policy priorities Trump advanced today by attacking Mika Brzezinski's bleeding face-lift:
FLOTUS Spox defends Trump tweet: "As [FLOTUS] stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked he punches back 10 times harder."
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on President's tweet this morning: "This is a President who fights fire with fire"
This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women. https://t.co/sV6WDE0EUD
Good time to remind you that @MorningMika is smart as hell, stronger than any critic, & a role model for what we hope our daughters can be.
I guess it's coincidence that Trump's attacks on women always involve low intelligence, hysteria and blood.
@Rosie, @megynkelly, @CarlyFiorina, @morningmika, flat-chested women, Alicia Machado...long list of women Trump's attacked. He's disgusting.
MESSAGE DISCIPLINE! Today ALL comms coming out of WH shd be focused on #KatesLaw and #NoSanctuaryforCriminalsAct -- not cable TV hosts.
Shelley Moore Capito, a key GOP swing vote on health care, calls Trump's tweets about Mika "distasteful"
McCain on Trump tweets: "We've got all these issues and challenges in front of us and instead we're talking morning talk show hosts."
@BenSasse Do more than say please. He's not going to stop. He's 71, has the morals and management style of a mob bo… https://t.co/z1QQ9udUeT
.@SenatorLankford: "The President’s tweets today don't help our political or national discourse and do not provide a positive role model"
Paul Ryan on Trump's morning tweets: "Obviously, I don't see that as an appropriate comment." "https://t.co/9MvsyxZPzJ
The irony: @Morning_Joe — already a hot watch in the trump era — will get even bigger after this!
Quick reaction from 2 GOP Hill staffers to Trump attack on Mika: How does this help pass health care when he needs Murkowski and Collins?
Mika's tweet, by the way, has surpassed the president's in twitter popularity. https://t.co/gKbwl19St6
GOP Rep. Tom Reed on Trump's Mika Brzezinski tweets: "Maybe the intent is to distract from the health care debate" https://t.co/ggwGccYUum
Trump's tweet on Mika isn't just lashing out. He has long made a practice of humiliating women in public. Did it to Michelle Fields too.
We are competitors, but Joe and Mika deserve respect. Mister President this attack is beneath the dignity of your o… https://t.co/tDWFiOSg7C
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Trump has developed an increasingly contentious relationship with the MSNBC hosts since the spring of 2016, when Brzezinski and Scarborough, who were initially receptive to Trump's candidacy, became more critical of him on-air.

An MSNBC representative responded to the president's tweet in a statement on Thursday morning, saying, "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."

Trump's latest tweets were part of a slew of attacks from the president on media organizations, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN, this week.

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