Trump’s tweets ‘damages the office’ Gov. Baker says

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State House News Service
Published: 6/30/2017 9:33:54 PM

Joining a chorus of people denouncing President Donald Trump’s latest personal broadside against a female television anchor, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday called the president’s latest act of Twitter aggression “inexcusable” and said he hopes Trump finally learns a lesson.

Trump, apparently upset with coverage of himself and his administration on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, took to his favorite medium for unfiltered communication to criticize host Mika Brzezinksi in personal terms.

“I thought the president’s tweets on ‘Morning Joe’ were inexcusable, inappropriate, appalling. And I sincerely hope he never does anything like that again,” Baker told the News Service in an interview in his office.

Asked whether he had any degree of confidence that Trump would heed the admonishments coming from both sides of the aisle after his comments about Brzezinski, Baker said, “That’s up to him.”

Trump on Wednesday typed out a two-Tweet critique of ‘Morning Joe’ hosts Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” Trump wrote.

With a stronger penchant for immersing himself in the politics of policy over personality, Baker said working in public life means being able to accept different points of view.

“We should respect those we agree with and those we disagree with and stick to the issues, and this is as blatant an example of not doing that as I can think of,” Baker said.

“And I think it damages the office. I think it damages public dialogue,” he added.

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