Mika Brzezinski Says She'd Be Open to Meeting With Trump
Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough spoke at a Harvard University event on Wednesday evening.
Mika Brzezinski and her Morning Joe co-host and fiancé Joe Scarborough have had a very public falling-out with President Donald Trump, punctuated by the president tweeting on the morning of June 29 that she was "bleeding from a facelift" when he saw her a few months ago.
But that doesn't mean that Brzezinski has closed the book on having a relationship with him. When asked at an event Wednesday night if she and Scarborough would be open to a détente lunch or meeting with Trump, she replied, "Of course we would."
Brzezinski and Scarborough were interviewed by The Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein onstage at an event held by Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics. The event formally kicked off their fellowship at the Institute.
"We don't talk at all," Brzezinski said when asked about her relationship with the president, which goes back many years. "Things have kind of devolved."
Scarborough said that he hasn't talked to Trump "in a very long time," but that he's given him advice on several occasions.
In recent months, the couple have not been shy about criticizing the president and calling him a danger to the country.
"He thinks that if he’s nice to you and invites you to lunch and dinner, then somehow you're going to give him more favorable coverage," Scarborough said of Trump.
This week, it was reported that Brzezinski has signed a three-book deal with Weinstein Books. Asked how she has time for that, she said, "I do a lot of dictating." Brzezinski said one book will come out next spring and one the following fall.
On Tuesday evening, during a taping of CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Scarborough made news by announcing that he's formally leaving the Republican Party and registering as an independent.
Rubenstein encouraged the couple to make news at Wednesday's event, and Scarborough did so by hinting that he and Brzezinski will tie the knot next spring in Nantucket, Mass. Brzezinski interjected, and said, "But we don't know, because we've got to make sure that our kids are OK with it."
Asked if he's interested in running for office again, Scarborough said, "I'm out," and that he's focused on making music now. "So I don't have time to run for anything," he said.
Scarborough, during the event, was not complimentary of the Republican Party he's leaving. "I don't know that they survive Donald Trump," he said.