Twitter 'deeply sorry' about Trump tweets on death of Scarborough intern, but won't remove them

Twitter said on Tuesday that the company is "deeply sorry" for the pain caused by President Trump's tweets demanding an investigation of MSNBC host Joe Scarborough in the death of a young woman who died in 2001 in his office, but the social media company won't remove them, despite an outraged plea from her husband.

The woman, Lori Klausutis, 28, worked for Scarborough, at the time a Republican congressman representing a district in Florida, and was found dead in his district office after she apparently fell and hit her head on the side of a desk, resulting in a fatal blood clot. A medical examiner ruled her death an accident, concluding Klausutis had an undiagnosed heart condition, which caused her to collapse. There is no evidence linking Scarborough to her death.

Yet Trump has repeatedly suggested without evidence Scarborough should be investigated for murder in what the president falsely calls a "cold case".

Timothy Klausutis, the widower, wrote an outraged letter to Twitter's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, protesting President Trump's tweets accusing the MSNBC host of murdering her.

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MERTHYR TYDFIL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 29: An aerial view of low water levels in the Llwyn-on reservoir in Taf Fawr valley on May 29, 2020 in Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom. The Met Office have said May is on course to be the driest in 124 years with only 14.3mm of rain since the month began - 17% of what is normally expected. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
Street artist Gent 48 finishes his latest mural Forward in Unity, which has been commissioned by Art For Charity to raise money for the Lord Mayor's Charity and celebrate the spirit of the people of Birmingham during the coronavirus pandemic, in Meriden Street, Digbeth, Birmingham. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
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A woman, Tina Jane from Shoreham, sings songs out the back of her car to entertain the people that live on her street after the Clap for Carers, as the UK continues to ease out of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings leaves his residence in north London on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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A quiet 'rush hour' at Waterloo Station as the UK eases some restrictions in it's tenth week to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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BLACKWOOD, WALES - MAY 28: A general view of an entrance to a children's play area where restrictions on entrance remains enforce since the start of the pandemicon May 28, 2020 in Blackwood, Wales, United Kingdom. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 25: Dominic Cummings arriving at his home in London, United Kingdom on May 25, 2020, after the Number 10 Downing Street special advisor delivered a statement following allegations that he and his family travelled 260 miles during lockdown. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public sunbathing by the lake on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday in Regents Park on May 25, 2020 in London, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
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SOUTHWOLD, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Members of the public buy drinks from the Red Lion public house on May 25, 2020 in Southwold, United Kingdom. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
A woman stands with a dog as she photographs a mock signpost, giving directions to Barnard Castle, southwest of Durham, placed near to the home of 10 Downing Street special advisor Dominic Cummings, in London on May 25, 2020 following his admission he drove and stayed in Durham during the coronavirus lockdown. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings defied calls to resign on Monday over allegations that he broke coronavirus rules and undermined the government's response to the health crisis. Cummings told reporters that he acted "reasonably and legally" when he drove across the country with his wife while she was suffering from the virus, despite official advice to stay at home. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
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In the letter addressed to Dorsey, Klausutis said that Trump has "perverted" the memory of his late wife for political gain, and asked that the tweets be removed.

"As her husband, I feel that one of my marital obligations is to protect her memory as I would have protected her in life," Klausutis wrote in the May 21 letter, which was obtained by the New York Times and published Monday. "There has been a constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died."

"My request is simple: Delete these tweets," Klausutis continued. "The President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him — the memory of my dead wife — and perverted it for perceived political gain."

Klausutis claimed that Trump's tweet suggesting Lori was murdered is a violation of Twitter's terms of service.

"An ordinary user like me would be banished from the platform for such a tweet," he wrote. "But I am only asking that these tweets be removed."

A spokesperson for Twitter said Tuesday that the company has no plans to remove them at this time.

"We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family," the spokesperson said in a statement. "We've been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly."

Last week, with the US death toll from the coronavirus mounting, Trump took aim at Scarborough, his wife and co-host, Mika Brzezinski, and MSNBC's parent company, Comcast.

"'Concast' should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough," Trump tweeted, adding the hashtag in all caps: "#OPENJOECOLDCASE."

The president did so again on Tuesday morning.

"The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus," Trump tweeted. "In 2016 when Joe and his wacky future ex-wife, Mika, would endlessly interview me, I would always be thinking about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most. So many unanswered and obvious questions, but I won't bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?"

Critics have repeatedly complained that Trump's conspiracy-laden tweets and falsehoods, reaching his 80 million Twitter followers, violate the social media platform's terms of service, but the company has resisted calls to address them.

"Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate," the company said in 2018.

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Donald Trump's state visit to the UK
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Donald Trump's state visit to the UK
US President Donald Trump and the Prince of Wales during the toast at the Return Dinner at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent's Park, London, as part of his state visit to the UK.
US President Donald Trump and the Prince of Wales during the toast at the Return Dinner at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent's Park, London, as part of his state visit to the UK.
The Prince of Wales, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May at the Return Dinner at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent's Park, London, as part of his state visit to the UK.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent's Park, London, for the Return Dinner as part of his state visit to the UK.
ALTERNATE CROP The Prince of Wales is greeted by US President Donald Trump outside Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent's Park, London, for the Return Dinner as part of his state visit to the UK.
Ivanka Trump at the Return Dinner at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent's Park, London, as part of US President Donald Trumps's state visit to the UK.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt attends the Return Dinner hosted by US President Donald Trump at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent's Park, London, as part of his state visit to the UK.
Melania Trump with Philip May at the Return Dinner at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent's Park, London, as part of US President Donald Trumps's state visit to the UK.
The talking points from the second day of the state visit.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, in Regent's Park, London, for the Return Dinner as part of his state visit to the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump during their joint press conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
The talking points from the second day of the state visit.
Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump during their joint press conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
President Donald Trump walks with British Prime Minister Theresa May to a news conference at the Foreign Office, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in central London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and President Donald Trump walk through the Quadrangle of the Foreign Office for a joint press conference in central London, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Prime Minister Theresa May welcoming US President Donald Trump to Downing Street, London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
(left to right) Prime Minister Theresa May welcoming US President Donald Trump to Downing Street, London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
(left to right) Philip May and Prime Minister Theresa May welcoming US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to Downing Street, London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa May with US President Donald Trump in Downing Street, London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa May (left) with US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump view a historical document in Downing Street, London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
(left to right) Philip May and Prime Minister Theresa May welcoming US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump to Downing Street, London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
The motorcade with US President Donald Trump's limousine, nicknamed "The Beast" arrives in Downing Street, London, on the second day of his state visit to the UK.
Anti-Trump demonstrators with a banner that reads "take your hands off out NHS" pose in front of a giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump as an orange baby in Parliament Square in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of Trump's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The Donald Trump baby balloon set up in Parliament Square, London on the second day of the state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump.
Members of the Baby Trump Balloon team set up the Donald Trump baby balloon in Parliament Square, London on the second day of the state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump.
Members of the Baby Trump Balloon team set up the Donald Trump baby balloon in Parliament Square, London on the second day of the state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump.

U.S President Donald Trump, center left, and British Prime Minister Theresa May, center right, attend a business roundtable event at St. James's Palace, London, Tuesday June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: U.S President Donald Trump attends a business roundtable with Prime Minister Theresa May at St. James's Palace, during the second day of his State Visit on June 4, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit began with lunch with the Queen, followed by a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, whilst today he will attend business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Tim Ireland - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A 16ft talking robot of US President Donald Trump sitting on a gold toilet in Trafalgar Square, London on the second day of the state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of President Trump's three day state visit to the UK.
Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and the Prince of Wales arrive through the East Gallery during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of the US President's three day state visit to the UK.
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING BYLINE (left to right) US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Melania Trump, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, during a group photo ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of US President Donald Trump's three day state visit to the UK.
(left to right) US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and Melania Trump, during a group photo ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of US President Donald Trump's three day state visit to the UK.
US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of President Trump's three day state visit to the UK.
US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II during the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of President Trump's three day state visit to the UK.
US President Donald Trump, centre left and his wife, first lady Melania, left, listen to Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall prior to afternoon tea at Clarence House, in London, Monday, June 3, 2019. Trump is on a three-day state visit to Britain. (Victoria Jones/Pool Photo via AP)
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania (left) at Clarence House in London to take tea with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on the first day of his state visit to the UK.
A protester wearing a 'No Trumps' hat on The Mall in London during the first day of the US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, and Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York are seen at Buckingham palace in London, Britain June 3, 2019. Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERS
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner during a tour of Westminster Abbey in central London, on day one of US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK.
Ivanka Trump during a tour of Westminster Abbey in central London, on day one of US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Prince Andrew, Duke of York smiles with US President Donald Trump (L) during the visit to Westminster Abbey on June 03, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Prince Andrew, Duke of York smiles and shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during the visit to Westminster Abbey on June 03, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are seen at Westminster Abbey as part of their state visit in London, Britain June 3, 2019. REUERS/Simon Dawson
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are seen at Westminster Abbey as part of their state visit in London, Britain June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
US President Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania and the Duke of York, places a wreath on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior during a tour of Westminster Abbey in central London, on day one of his state visit to the UK.
U.S. President Donald Trump motorcade is seen travelling down The Mall during his state visit to Britain, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) views a display of US items of the Royal collection with US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump at Buckingham palace at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) views a display of US items of the Royal collection with US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump at Buckingham palace at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth review items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex looks on as US President Donald Trump views US items of the Royal Collection at Buckingham palace at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump and her husband Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner view displays of US items of the Royal Collection with Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York at Buckingham palace at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II greets US President Donald Trump as he arrives for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth review items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles and others, walk in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Queen Elizabeth II, walk in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Ivanka Trump and her husband Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner view displays of US items of the Royal Collection with Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York at Buckingham palace at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters near Westminster Abbey, London, during the first day of the state visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK.
Royal guards march down Birdcage Walk on route to Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of US President Donald Trump on day one of his three day state visit to the UK.
Royal guards march down Birdcage Walk on route to Westminster Abbey, London, ahead of US President Donald Trump on day one of his three day state visit to the UK.
A protester (left) and a Trump supporter exchange views outside Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of a state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump.
A police officer (left) intervenes to break up a heated debate between a protester and a Trump supporter (right) outside Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of a state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prince Charles speak with guards during a welcome ceremony in Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II during the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II greets US President Donald Trump as he arrives for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK.
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with Britain's Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump during a Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK.
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a welcome ceremony with Britain's Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) talks with US First Lady Melania Trump (L) as Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) listens during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) US First Lady Melania Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stand on the steps as the US national anthem plays during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and Prince Charles inspect the Guard of Honor at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
(Left to right) First Lady Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall inspect the Guard of Honour during a Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK.
US presidential helicopters pass the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace in London, as President Donald Trump arrives to meet Queen Elizabeth II.
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive in Marine One at Buckingham Palace, in London on day one of his three day state visit to the UK.
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive in Marine One at Buckingham Palace, in London on day one of his three day state visit to the UK.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall greet US President Donald Trump as he arrives for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Buckingham Palace on Marine One on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall wait to meet US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania as they arrive in Marine One at Buckingham Palace, in London on day one of his three day state visit to the UK.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on his arrival at Buckingham Palace on Marine One on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (R) walks with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) as he arrives for a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump walks with Prince Charles and first lady Melania Trump walks with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, after arriving at Buckingham Palace, Monday, June 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on his arrival at Buckingham Palace on Marine One on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (C) and her husband Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner (R) watch from a balcony as the US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Guests including White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (L) watches from a balcony as the US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (2R) and her husband Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner (R) watch from a balcony as the US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: The Presidential state car arrives at Buckingham Palace during the visit of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on June 03, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Activist from Amnesty International unfurl anti-Trump banners from Vauxhall Bridge in sight of the US Embassy in central London, on day one of US President Donald Trump's state visit to the UK.
Flags on the Mall leading up to Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of a state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Part of the President's motorcade drives past Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of a state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump.
Tourists watch as the Household Cavalry make their way down to Horse Guards Parade from Buckingham Palace, London, during the first day of a state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump.
Police officers alongside their vehicles at Stansted airport in Essex ahead of the arrival there of US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, aboard Air Force One, for the start of his three day state visit to the UK.
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on June 2, 2019. - US President Donald Trump is flying to England for a three-day state visit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) disembark Air Force One at Stansted Airport, north of London on June 3, 2018, as they begin a three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Isabel Infantes / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One for their state visit to Britain, at Stansted Airport near London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for their state visit to Britain, at Stansted Airport near London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Marine One is seen in the air after U.S. President Donald Trump arrived for his state visit to Britain, at Stansted Airport near London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
President Donald Trump is greeted by an honor guard as he and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the start of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
President Donald Trump salutes an honor guard as he and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the start of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Police marksmen scan the area as they await the arrival of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Stansted Airport in England, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the start of a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump (R) walk toward the Marine One helicopter after arriving at Stansted Airport, north of London on June 3, 2018, to begin a three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Isabel Infantes / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (R) is greeted by Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (L) as he disembarks Air Force One at Stansted Airport, north of London on June 3, 2018, as they begin a three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by Isabel Infantes / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive at Stansted Airport in Essex, aboard Air Force One for the start of his three day state visit to the UK.
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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tried to defend Trump's tweets during a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.

"I would note that this morning the president said that this is not an original Trump thought," McEnany said, pointing to a 2003 segment on the late shock Don Imus's radio show in which she said Imus and Scarborough "joked about killing an intern".

McEnany then went on the offensive, portraying Trump, not Klausutis, as the victim.

"Mika accused the president of being responsible for 100,000 deaths in this country," McEnany said, referring to the mounting coronavirus death toll. "That's incredibly irresponsible. They've dragged his family through the mud."

Brzezinski responded on Twitter.

"The Press Secretary is lying," she tweeted. "Imus made the callous joke in 2003 during a break and then repeated it on air. Joe was embarrassed and said, 'What are you going to do?' trying to move on to talk about the show. No lies can cover up the hatefulness of Donald Trump."

Brzezinski added: "Donald Trump has no decency and refuses to show a trace of humanity toward a grieving widower. No lies can deflect the awfulness of his behaviour. History will judge harshly those who defend this cruelty and callousness.

She concluded her message with the hashtag "#Pleasedeletethosetweets."

Read Timothy Klausutis's full letter to Twitter below.

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