Thisstory is getting weirder and weirder.

MorningJoecohosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were going over President Trump’s strange Twitter attack versus them on their program today, when they let it slip that the POTUS and the White House presumably threatened them with a NationalEnquirershort article previously this month.

Theyclaim White House assistants called them and recommended that if they excuse their unfavorable protection of Trump, he might make an unfavorable story that was set to run in the tabloid vanish. How you ask? The commander-in-chief is pals with David Pecker, the mag’s publisher.

“We got a call that, ‘Hey, the National Enquirer is going to run a negative story against you guys…’ And they said, ‘If you call the president up, and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike this story,”Scarborough stated. “The calls kept coming and kept coming, and they were like ‘Call. You need to call. Please call. Come on, Joe. Just pick up the phone and call him,'” he included.

“Let me explain what they were threatening. They [The Enquirer] were calling my children. They were calling close friends. These calls persisted for quite some time, and then Joe had the conversations that he had with the White House where they said ‘Oh, this could go away,'”Brzezinski clarified.

Notreal, states both Trump and NationalEnquirereditor-in-chief Dylan Howard.

“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,”Howard stated.

“Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show,”Trump tweeted.

Couldthe President of the United States truly be utilizing chatter rags to blackmail press reporters into being great to him? This is outrageous!