President Donald Trump appeared to distance himself from Rudy Giuliani’s curious interview with Sean Hannity earlier this week, telling reporters at Andrews Air Force Base on Friday that the former New York City mayor was “new” to his legal team and was still learning the ropes.
“When Rudy made the statements — Rudy’s great — but Rudy had just started and wasn’t totally familiar with everything,” said Trump.
“We love Rudy, he’s a special guy,” the president quickly clarified. “What he really understands is, this is a witch-hunt. He understands that probably better than anybody … but when he made certain statements, he just started yesterday.”
During his interview with Hannity on Wednesday, Giuliani said that the president repaid attorney Michael Cohen for his $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels. Hannity seemed stunned when Giuliani told him that Trump had “funneled” money through a law firm to repay Cohen. The news contradicted the president’s previous position that he had no knowledge of the payment and the money was offered by Cohen alone.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning, Giuliani suggested that everything was on track, and that the purpose of the disclosure was to show that the payment had been a personal matter and not a campaign finance violation.
The money, said Giuliani, had nothing to do with the presidential campaign and was intended to spare Trump’s wife and save his image, “to save not so much their marriage, as much as their reputation.”
The president is embroiled in a legal fight with porn star Stormy Daniels, who is suing him to be released from a nondisclosure agreement she signed with Cohen in October 2016. Daniels is also suing the president for defamation. The adult film actress says she had an affair with Trump back in 2006 and wants to be able to speak about it publicly. Trump has consistently denied that there was ever a sexual relationship between the two.
Watch Trump discuss Giuliani above.