Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski may be on the outs with President Trump, but that wasn't always the case. A lengthy profile in New York magazine begins with the odd anecdote that when Brzezinski gave her co-host a rabbit in April 2016 as a birthday present, Scarborough actually named it Donald Fluffy Trump. (The name had to be changed to Melania when they realized they got the gender wrong, but another Donald Fluffy Trump exists.) The story notes that their Morning Joe show was among the first to treat Trump as a candidate with a chance of winning, and Scarborough even acted as an informal adviser on phone calls. But relations began to sour almost immediately after the inauguration when the pair visited the White House, and Scarborough told Trump that his first week in office hadn't gone well. He says Trump didn't take it well.
"It was shocking," says Scarborough. "It was the first time anybody had told him that the first week didn’t go really well.” When they voiced more criticism about his staff on-air, Trump reportedly blew up over the phone, and things have been downhill ever since, culminating in Trump's tweet about Brzezinski's cosmetic surgery. "It's just so silly," she says. The piece details the feud, including Trump's view that both are two-faced phonies, and it also provides a look at how the personal relationship between the co-hosts blossomed. "These are two people who really f------ love each other," writes Olivia Nuzzi of the engaged couple. Both were married to others, and Brzezinski offers only this about coming to realize that Scarborough was more than a co-host. "There was a moment, and it was alarming," she says. "Complicated and alarming." Click for the full profile.