News broke Thursday that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, were engaged. Soon after, Brzezinski revealed that President Donald Trump had offered to officiate the ceremonies.
Brzezinski politely declined.
Scarborough proposed to Brzezinski last weekend while the two were vacationing in France and Monaco.
While they often struggled unsuccessfully to keep their relationship out of the news, they have since gone public.
Brzezinski, the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to former President Jimmy Carter, revealed to Vanity Fair the president offered to officiate their wedding.
“The White House that I grew up in was an amazing place,” Brzezinski said. “If it weren’t Trump, it might be something to think about. The mental picture is just fascinating, but the reality is just … no. No, no, no, no, no.”
The members of the so-called “Morning Joe-mance” have long been friendly with the Trump family and had him on their show frequently throughout the campaign.
Less than a week after Trump took office, the couple had lunch at the White House with the president, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Between courses, Trump apparently suggested that if Scarborough and Brzezinski were ever to get married, they should do so at his Mar-a-Lago estate or the White House.
“That’s when Jared interrupted and said, ‘Hey you know what? I’ve got my license. I could marry you,” Scarborough told Vanity Fair.
Trump then piped up, saying, “Why would you marry them? They could have the president of the United States marry them.”
Besides turning down Trump’s offer, Scarborough and Brzezinski have not revealed any other details about their wedding.
The two hosts struggled to conceal the news. Commentators on their own program offered cryptic congratulations Thursday morning.
“First of all can I say something? Congratulations,” Harold Ford Jr. said.
Brzezinksi thanked him and contributor Willie Geist quickly joked, “Numbers have been up lately. Show’s going well.”