“The president contradicted his lead attorney in remarks Friday.”
Rudy Giuliani put it all out on the table this week. And now, after days of confusion and speculation that he may have exposed President Donald Trump to new legal jeopardy, he’s gathering it all back in.
In remarks to the media Friday, Trump contradicted statements the former New York City mayor made earlier in the week regarding a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election.
“He just started yesterday,” Trump said of Giuliani, who started as the lead attorney regarding issues related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation in late April. “He’ll get his facts straight.”
On Wednesday, Giuliani made waves when he told Fox News the president had in fact repaid his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for the funds. Trump had previously denied all knowledge of the payment.
Trump seemed to initially confirm Giuliani’s statements in a series of tweets on Thursday morning.
As of Friday, though, Trump’s explanation is apparently that Giuliani didn’t know what he was talking about.
“When Rudy made the statements ― he’s great ― but Rudy had just started and he wasn’t totally familiar with everything,” Trump said. “And Rudy ― we love Rudy ― he’s a special guy. What he really understands is this is a witch hunt.”
“But when he made certain statements, he just started yesterday,” the president went on. “So that’s it.”
“It’s actually very simple,“ Trump added. “I say, you know what, learn before you speak. It’s a lot easier.”