Last summer there was a story that reported Donald Trump offered the vice presidency to Ohio Governor John Kasich.
The Hill reported,
Donald Trump's campaign reached out to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in May with an offer to make him the "most powerful vice president in history," The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a Kasich adviser after the Ohio governor ended his own Republican presidential campaign, promising that if he accepted the vice presidency, Kasich would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.Now New York Magazine has the backstory on The President's ass-baring twitter war with Morning Joe.
The adviser asked what Trump would be in charge of, the report said, and Trump Jr. responded: "Making America great again."
It turns out that what John Kasich turned down, Boy Kushner accepted. Including the blackmail portfolio.
Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
Kushner sees the press as not so much failing and fake as a tool for punishing his enemies and promoting his interests. Recent news accounts had him approaching The New York Observer's editors (Kushner once owned it) with stories he wanted run to settle personal scores.
So it's not surprising to find Kushner's designer shoeprints in the gutters around America's greatest trash tabloid.
Bloomberg reports today,
The National Enquirer’s ties to President Donald Trump and his family are so close that his son-in-law Jared Kushner almost bought it three years ago.
What began as talk show criticisms of the president and erupted into a Twitter war between Trump and two TV hosts escalated Friday to include a claim that White House officials offered to help spike a negative story about them in the tabloid. All MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski would have to do is apologize to the president.
Kushner, according to New York Magazine and other publications citing unidentified sources, was one of those White House messengers. Kushner’s relationship with the Enquirer dates back to his pre-election career as a real estate developer and publisher of the New York Observer, then a weekly newspaper.
Three years ago, Kushner and his brother-in-law, Joe Meyer, tried with Enquirer publisher David Pecker to buy the tabloid’s owner, American Media Inc., people familiar with that bid said. The deal ultimately fell through because of weak advertising revenue at the time, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter was private.
During last year’s campaign, the Enquirer, more typically associated with stories on badly behaving celebrities and reports of extraterrestrials, endorsed Trump and headlined alleged scandals in attacks on his opponents. Trump’s praise for the Enquirer -- saying at one point that it deserved journalism’s Pulitzer Prize -- was frequent and he welcomed Pecker’s support.
American Media said it had no role in any White House discussions involving Scarborough and Brzezinski and said separately, regarding Kusher’s earlier bid for the company, that it doesn’t comment on rumors and speculation.
The latest skirmish began Thursday when Trump said the MSNBC hosts tried to join him at his Mar-a-Lago resort last winter while Brzezinski “was bleeding badly from a face-lift.” Debates over the president’s aggressive response to critics and attitudes toward women have dominated cable news channels since then.
In a commentary in the Washington Post Friday, Scarborough and Brzezinski said top White House staff members warned them that the Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about them “unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.”
Trump tweeted in response that Scarborough had “called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no!” Scarborough responded via Twitter, calling the president’s claim a lie.
The Enquirer story published in June involved the personal lives of Scarborough and Brzezinski, who are engaged to be married.