After Donald Trump's tweet about Kirsten Gillibrand, US news presenter Mika Brzezinski hits out at Ivanka

After US president Donald Trump lashed out at New York Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them, MSNBC's weekday morning broadcast show co-host Mika Brzezinski not only lashed out at Trump but also at his daughter Ivanka.

On Wednesday, Brzezinski said Ivanka was useless at her job and was harming her country by standing by her father's side.

"And his daughter, who came to Washington to work for the president and develop a platform for women, go home. Go home," Daily Mail quoted her as saying. "You are doing nothing if you stand by this president. And you should think of the country rather than your brand," she further said.

Brzenzinski also asked "decent" people to report the president's tweet to Twitter.

Her appeal to people was a result of a caustic tweet by Trump.

Gillibrand, who's up for re-election next year and is considered a possible presidential contender in 2020, has been an outspoken voice in the national debate over how to confront sexual assault and harassment. She's argued that the rules in institutions from Congress to Hollywood to the US military are set to benefit the powerful and the favored at the expense of the vulnerable.

Gillibrand and a chorus of Democrats declared Trump's tweet to be sexually suggestive, an assertion the White House flatly rejected. Appearing Wednesday on NBC's Today show, Gillibrand was asked whether she'd misread the meaning of Trump's tweet. "No," she responded.

She said the tweet was "a sexual smear intended to silence me".

The fiery exchange with Trump could brighten the spotlight on Gillibrand's campaign to upend the dynamics and put power in the hands of the victims while simultaneously pushing the 51-year-old mother of two boys to the forefront of an unformed Democratic presidential field.

With inputs from AP

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Updated Date: Dec 14, 2017 12:59:34 IST

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