The co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program have struck back against harsh tweets sent out by President Donald Trump.
In an op-ed in Friday's Washington Post, co-signed by anchors Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, the cable television talk show hosts acknowledged making critical statements about Trump's presidency, but said that "our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal."
They added, "America's leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president."
"We have out doubts," they wrote, "but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show."
Trump on Thursday sent a Twitter post calling the pair "low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe."
Scarborough and Brzezinski have postponed a vacation in order to respond to Trump's Twitter attack, saying Trump's claim that Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" in a December encounter was a lie.
MSNBC's Willie Geist said Scarborough and Brzezinski skipped a Red Sox game Thursday because they didn't want to become a public spectacle. They planned to be on their show Friday an hour after its 6 a.m. start.
But in a column posted on The Washington Post website, the MSNBC hosts said Trump's "unhealthy obsession" with their show doesn't serve either his mental state or the country well.
They said Trump was lying about Brzezinski having a face-lift, although "she did have a little skin under her chin tweaked."