TOWER WATCH: MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Spotted Entering Trump Tower As Transition Continues
Ever since Republican nominee Donald Trump won his upset bid to claim the Presidency, all eyes have been locked firmly on 725 5th Ave in Manhattan, the site of Trump Tower. Here Mr. President-elect has been holding crucial meetings with a rotation of people as he looks to staff his administration and add pieces to his cabinet.
It is also where he has been willing to meet members of the press face-to-face, many of whom the soon-to-be Commander in Chief has disrespected in the past. He notably met for an off-the-record chat with media heavy hitters two weeks ago in a setting that was described by one source as a “fucking firing squad.”
And today, reports from Trump Tower indicate that Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski — an anchor who has both praised and criticized Trump in the past — entered the building shortly after Tuesday’s episode finished.
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 29, 2016
Mika Brzezinski at Trump Tower this morning for a meeting, per pool report.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) November 29, 2016
Brzezinski was listed on the day’s pool report for journalists, many people have pointed out. One camera angle from her entrance indicated that she at least rode the elevator with former campaign manager turned CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski.
Corey Lewandowski and Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski have some kind of meeting to attend at Trump Tower. Maybe same one, maybe not. pic.twitter.com/G06sShgRYt
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) November 29, 2016
A few weeks before the election, Brzezinski insisted during one interview that she had never said “nice things,” about Trump the way that many have alleged. However, leaked audio from a February 2016 interview with the Republican candidate reveals that Trump told Brzezinski, “I watched your show this morning. You have me almost as a legendary figure, I like that.”
In September CNN’s Dylan Byers first reported that Brzezinski and her cohost Joe Scarborough both met with Trump at Trump Tower to discuss ending their feud that developed over the course of the 2016 cycle. Byers wrote at the time, “Last week, Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” co-host, Mika Brzezinski, visited the Republican presidential nominee at Trump Tower to rekindle a once-rosy relationship that has turned bitter and adversarial, sources with knowledge of the meeting told CNNMoney.”
UPDATE 1:08 p.m. EST: Byers himself Tweeted out that as per a source, Brzezinski’s meeting at Trump Tower was actually with Ivanka Trump involving Brzezinski’s “Knowing Your Value” series, an effort she has written about at length and promotes with live appearances and panels.
More details…. MSNBC spokesperson tells me Mika Brzezinski “went to Trump Tower for a meeting with Ivanka Trump.” https://t.co/bMDto3DR3H
— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) November 29, 2016
UPDATE 1:43 p.m. EST: The hits continue! Brzezinski fired away at Dylan Byers, saying “Incorrect. Again.”
.@DylanByers that is wrong. Incorrect information. Again.
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) November 29, 2016
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