Donald Trump attacks "low I.Q. crazy" TV presenter in Twitter rant

He has hit out at MSNBC's weekday 'Morning Joe' show

Donald Trump attacks "low I.Q. crazy" TV presenter in Twitter rant

US President Donald Trump answers a question about health care during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington | Image: Susan Walsh/AP/Press Association Images

The US President Donald Trump has gone on a personal attack against several TV presenters.

Tweeting from his @realDonaldTrump account, he said: "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, came..... to 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!".

This is a reference to MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' show, which airs weekdays.

It is hosted by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist.

The programme features interviews with newsmakers and politicians, as well as analysis of the day's stories.

This afternoon, Mrs Brzezinski tweeted a picture of a cereal box in an apparent reference to the claims and jokes that President Trump has 'small hands':

Quoting Mr Trump's tweet, CNN presenter Jake Tapper replied: "This reminds me: how is @FLOTUS's campaign against cyber-bullying going?"

In a statement quoted by US media, a spokesperson for Mrs Trump said: “As the first lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder.”

The tweet did, however, draw criticism from US politicians, including a number of Republicans:

The US president has had a very cold relationship with the media, calling many stories about him 'fake news'.

Several media outlets have also complained that recent White House press conferences have been 'audio only', meaning TV cameras are not allowed to tape.

Still cameras are allowed in but TV cameras are not.

Last week, news network CNN sent a courtroom sketch artist to capture the scene.

Bill Hennessy, the network's regular sketch artist for US Supreme Court proceedings, drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer's afternoon briefing.

"Hennessy's sketches aren't exclusive to CNN; other news outlets may also use them", the network said.

Additional reporting by Stephen McNeice