'Morning Joe' team slams de Blasio aide's 'pathetic' Trump tweet

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts scolded New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's spokesman on Wednesday, calling him "pathetic" and "sad" for sending a politically charged tweet following a security scare at Trump Tower.

The back-and-forth began Tuesday after a suspicious package was reported at President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE's Manhattan sky rise, which includes shops and restaurants.
 
The package turned out to be an unattended bag of children's toys, prompting incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer to send a tweet indicating that staff had returned to work at the tower.
But Eric Phillips, a spokesman for de Blasio, quickly responded by asking that Trump pay for the New York Police Department's effort. 
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Newly named Trump social media director Dan Scavino responded to Phillips, calling him "an embarrassment." 
Phillips would not relent, however, pressing for Trump to help pay for security measures around Trump Tower. 
“It’s just pathetic. It’s just sad,” said Willie Geist, a co-host of "Morning Joe," who was filling in for Joe Scarborough on Wednesday.
 
“That we’ve reached that point where there’s a bomb scare in the lobby and you tweet something cute about it," he said.
 
MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle, helping helm the show for co-host Mika Brzezinski, added that Phillips' tweets are "embarrassing for the de Blasio administration.”
 
Trump has said he will occasionally work out of his New York midtown office after taking office, which de Blasio has said is too expensive for the city to continue to pay for security around the building.