A National Enquirer spokesperson said the publication had "no knowledge" about claims made Friday morning by MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brszezinski.
On Friday, Brzezinski and Scarborough penned a column for The Washington Post in response to President Donald Trump's tweet on Thursday, calling them "low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe."
The hosts claim White House staff members had threatened to publish a negative National Enquirer story about them "unless we begged the president to have the story spiked."
"We ignored their desperate pleas," they wrote.
Dylan Howard, the chief content officer of American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, responded to Brzezinski and Scarborough's claim in a statement:
"At the beginning of June, we accurately reported a story that recounted the relationship between Joe Scarborough and Mika Brszezinski, the truth of which is not in dispute. At no time did we threaten either Joe or Mika or their children in connection with our reporting on the story.
"We have no knowledge of any discussions between the White House and Joe and Mika about our story, and absolutely no involvement in those discussions," added Howard, who is also vice-president of American Media, Inc.
Trump responded to the hosts' claims on Friday, tweeting:
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