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President Trump attacks 'Morning Joe' hosts on Twitter

On Thursday, President Donald Trump took to Twitter and personally attacked MSNBC "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

"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," MSNBC said in a statement.

The White House defended Trump's tweets.

"I don’t think that the president's ever been someone who gets attacked and doesn’t push back," Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on "America's Newsroom." "There have been an outrageous number of personal attacks...This is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be bullied by the liberal media."

Trump took a shot at Brzezinski over a supposed face-lift.

“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. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

On Thursday morning, Brzezinski urged Trump’s Cabinet members to stand up to the President.

“Everybody in Washington, in the administration, needs to look at this from, I think, a point of view where they’re not lobotomized because you’re sitting in there and you’re so scared of him, and you think you need to suck up to the president.

“You need to look at this like any company.

“Let’s say someone came into NBC and took over NBC, and started tweeting wildly about people’s appearances, bullying people, talking about people in the competition, lying every day, undermining his managers, throwing them under the (bus) — that person would be thrown out. It’s just not normal behavior. In fact, there would be concerns that the person who runs the company is out of his mind," Brzezinski said.

Lawmakers immediately condemned the President's tweets.

"Obviously, I don't see that as an appropriate comment," House Speaker Paul Ryan said, joining a chorus that included Sens. Ben Sasse, Lindsey Graham and John McCain. "What we're trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility, of the debate; and this obviously doesn't help do that."

"Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America," Graham tweeted.

But First Lady Melania Trump spoke up in defense of her husband.

"As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder," her communications director Stephanie Grisham said in response to reporters' questions.

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