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- President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani says his boss isn’t frustrated with him and has actually encouraged him to do more TV hits.
- Giuliani made the remarks after multiple news reports said Trump was growing tired of Giuliani’s media blitz and upset about the unflattering coverage surrounding it.
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani pushed back on reports that his boss is growing tired of his media tear, telling NBC News on Tuesday that the president was actually encouraging him to do more TV hits in the coming days.
Asked by the NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker about reports that Trump is frustrated with the TV appearances by the former New York City mayor, Giuliani said he tried “to keep them under control.”
“I just did one on Sunday, even though we had about four requests,” he said. “No, the president feels that the TV interviews have organized his supporters and those who are – who understand the way in which he’s been very badly treated in this situation from the very beginning.”
Giuliani said he discussed legal strategy with Trump on Sunday when the duo played golf for “four or five hours,” adding that they had a brief discussion on Monday.
“My takeaway is that he’s in good spirits, that he’s beyond human in the way he can handle these things,” Giuliani said. “But everybody knows that, and he gives us great encouragement that we’ve finally gotten on the offensive.”
Giuliani said there was no truth to the idea that unless he is more careful on TV, the president will oust him.
“The president and I have been friends for 30 years,” he said. “He’s very comfortable with the strategy we’re pursuing.”
Giuliani added: “He certainly agrees with it … and people around the White House who are talking and leaking certainly don’t have the president’s best interest at heart. I don’t care if they don’t have mine, but that’s disgraceful.”
The president is reportedly growing tired of Giuliani’s media blitz
Multiple news outlets have reported that Giuliani has fallen out of favor with Trump following a nearly weeklong media blitz. Citing four sources familiar with the president’s thinking, CNN said Trump “has been flustered by the onslaught of negative coverage generated” by Giuliani.
“Trump has grown irritated by Giuliani’s performances and the headaches he has caused as contradictory statements between the two flash across the chyrons on his screen,” CNN reported.
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Trump was reportedly irritated by Giuliani’s Sunday interview with ABC’s “This Week,” during which the lawyer left the door open to the idea that Trump had been involved in more payoffs to women aside from the $130,000 hush-money payment to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Daniels says she had an affair with the president in 2006, something the White House has denied.
CNN reported that Trump was particularly irked by Giuliani’s refusal to rule out that Trump would plead the Fifth in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Giuliani said on Tuesday that Trump had told his legal team he did not want to do that.
Giuliani’s media tear began last week when he told the Fox News host Sean Hannity that Trump reimbursed his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016. Cohen had previously said Trump did not reimburse him, and Trump had denied knowing about the payment.
After his interview with Hannity, Giuliani said his revelation about the reimbursement was made with Trump’s approval.
Giuliani suggested during an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning that such an allegation being made public would have been politically damaging to Trump. But he later told NBC News that the payment had nothing to do with the campaign and was instead meant to “prevent personal embarrassment and heartache to his wife,” first lady Melania Trump.
Giuliani released a statement Friday saying there was “no campaign violation” because the payment was not made for a campaign purpose but to protect Trump’s family.
The onslaught of commentary led Trump to tell reporters on Friday that Giuliani would “get his facts straight” on the payment. The president called Giuliani a “great guy” who “really has his heart in” handling Trump’s legal work, adding that the former US attorney was just “learning the subject matter.”