MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski has abruptly ended an interview with Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff after a contentious debate over allegations he made in his book.
The author has already taken heat from several journalists for the accusations he made in his controversial account of Donald Trump’s presidency, but it was his allegation of a White House affair that had Ms Brzezinski reeling.
While Mr Wolff was promoting Fire and Fury, he made an appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher, during which he claimed that Mr Trump is having an extramarital affair.
He pointed readers to look for clues about that said affair at the end of his book – where he detailed the President’s working relationship with the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.
During Morning Joe on Thursday, Ms Brzezinski pressed Mr Wolff on her show about whether he was sorry for “inferring anything about Nikki Haley.”
Throughout the interview, the author repeatedly insisted he hadn’t implied that the President was having an affair with his UN Ambassador, claiming that what he “inferred was that the president is … many of the people around the president believe he is still involved with various women.”
“Michael, you said that she has embraced it,” Ms Brzezinski responded. “I’m going to go as far as to say that you might be having a fun time playing a little game dancing around this, but you’re slurring a woman. It’s disgraceful.”
After more arguing, Ms Brzezinski ended the interview.
“If you don’t get it, if you don’t get what we’re talking about, I’m sorry. This is awkward. You’re here on the set with us, but we’re done,” she said. “Michael Wolff, thank you. We’re going to go to break now.”
In response, Mr Wolff took to Twitter to blast Ms Brzezinski for pulling the plug on the interview.
“My bad, the President is right about Mika,” Mr Wolf wrote, referring to Mr Trump’s Twitter attacks on the co-host last year. “To be invited on a show with the purpose of being thrown off...is the new television.”
“The last time I was on Morning Joe off camera Joe and Mika eager to gossip about who Trump might be sleeping with,” he later added.
Ms Haley has also addressed the affair rumours, calling them “highly offensive” and disgusting”.
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