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'Morning Joe' host Mika Brzezinski: This is a 'fake presidency'

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Responding to President Donald Trump's assertions that much of the reporting on his administration is "fake news," MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski called Trump's presidency "fake" during Thursday's "Morning Joe" show.

Brzezinski and cohost Joe Scarborough described a series of misleading statements made by Trump's representatives, including top advisers Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Miller, to the media over the past week.

"You have Kellyanne spreading alternative facts, saying things that aren't true, selling clothing," Brzezinski said. "You have Miller describing the powers of the presidency in an incorrect, inappropriate, and lying fashion."

Scarborough called the president's messaging "one lie on top of another lie on top of another lie," to which Brzezinski added, "It's [a] fake presidency."

The "Morning Joe" hosts stepped up their criticism of the administration this week. On Wednesday, Brzezinski announced that Conway would no longer be allowed on the show, saying she was "not credible anymore."

On Monday, Scarborough slammed comments Miller made on several Sunday political talk shows defending the president's baseless claims about massive voter fraud, condemning a recent court ruling against Trump's immigration ban, and blasting media coverage of the new administration.

Scarborough said Miller's comment that the president's authority "will not be questioned" sounded like "autocracy for young politickers 101."

While "Morning Joe" was a media staple for former White House officials like Valerie Jarrett, the show has taken on new significance during the current administration because of Trump's apparent fondness for the show.

"Morning Joe" segments seem to inspire tweets from the president, and Scarborough took advantage of that on Thursday's show by addressing Trump directly.

"Here's a message to the White House: You keep lying, we're going to keep reporting about it," he said.

Maxwell Tani contributed to this story.

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