Two TV presenters attacked on Twitter by President Donald Trump have accused him of lying and suggested the White House tried to blackmail them, BBC report.
The hosts of MSNBC Morning Joe said they were warned a tabloid would run a negative story on them unless they said sorry for their coverage of Mr Trump.
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough said Mr Trump’s tweets were “vicious” and “frightening”.
The president called them “low IQ crazy Mika” and “Psycho Joe” on Thursday.
He also referred to Ms Brzezinski as “bleeding badly from a facelift”.
The couple, who are engaged to be married, wrote a joint response in Friday’s Washington Post accusing the president of an “unhealthy obsession” with them.
They denied his claims they had spent three nights at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last New Year’s Eve, or that they had “insisted”, as Mr Trump claimed, on spending time with him.
Instead they said they turned down his invitation to attend his New Year’s Eve party.
They continued: “Putting aside Mr Trump’s never-ending obsession with women’s blood, Mika and her face were perfectly intact, as pictures from that night reveal.
“And though it is no-one’s business, the president’s petulant personal attack against yet another woman’s looks compels us to report that Mika has never had a face-lift.”