Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Trump annoyed by Giuliani, weighs pulling plug on interviews

Trump annoyed by Giuliani, weighs pulling plug on interviews

Citing Giuliani's interview on Sunday with ABC's George Stephanopoulos - when Giuliani suggested it's possible Cohen paid off additional women before the election - as an example, the same source said Giuliani "is stealing the spotlight and he's embarrassing (Trump)".

"We got Kim Jong Un impressed enough to be releasing three prisoners today", Giuliani told Fox News.

West Wing aides were blindsided by Giuliani's TV appearances last week, and many senior advisers and members of the president's legal team have been cut out of the decision-making process. "Everybody's reacting to us now, and I feel good about that because that's what I came in to do".

Trump was reportedly upset at Giuliani and Fox News host Sean Hannity following an interview last week in which Giuliani explained that Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, had "funneled through a law firm" the $130,000.

"I think this thing will burn out". He said Trump may defy a subpoena, may plead the fifth and may have paid hush money to more women through Michael Cohen. Giuliani pre-emptively offered several versions of that truth, allowing Trump's supporters to choose the one they find least appalling. Trump brought aboard the short-lived White House communications director to stabilize the press shop amid an outpouring of leaks about infighting, only to fire him 11 days later after Scaramucci's sensational comments to reporters generated too much negative coverage.

But according to Scarborough, the White House could only distract the public for so long. When it comes to Robert Mueller's investigation and the Stormy Daniels scandal, the loudest voices on both sides care only about whether something helps or hurts Trump.

The onslaught of commentary led Trump to tell reporters on Friday that Giuliani would "get his facts straight" on the payment. So Giuliani pirouetted once more and said the payment was made "to resolve a personal and false allegation" and "would have been done in any event, whether (Trump) was a candidate or not".

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