Trump Says Giuliani Spoke 'Incorrectly' on Daniels Payment

But president is confident his new lawyer will soon 'get his facts straight'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2018 11:04 AM CDT
In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump is seen with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the Trump National Golf Club-Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, NJ.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Some "stunning" revelations from new Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani this week have caused a stir in the legal community and made the former NYC mayor the butt of late-night jokes. Adding to the commotion: the president himself, who the New York Times says "undercut" Giuliani Friday on claims Giuliani made about the Stormy Daniels payment during a surprising Wednesday Fox News interview. In that segment, Giuliani said Trump had reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 hush-money payment to Daniels, as well as paid him back hundreds of thousands more for "other things of a personal nature that Michael took care of." Giuliani also said three US prisoners in North Korea would be released Thursday, though there's so far been no official confirmation of that, per CNN.

And in a series of Thursday morning tweets, Trump appeared to back up Giuliani's Stormy Daniels claims from the previous night, focusing on the fact that no campaign funds were used to make the hush payment. But Friday morning, Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House that everything "has been said incorrectly," and that it's mainly because Giuliani isn't up to speed yet. "When Rudy made the statements—Rudy is great—but Rudy had just started, and he wasn't totally familiar with everything," he said. He also called Giuliani a "special guy," said Giuliani "really understands that this is a witch hunt," and that "he's learning the subject matter. … He started yesterday. He'll get his facts straight." As for the Stormy Daniels transaction, Trump said, "It's actually very simple," though he didn't clarify what he meant. "We're not changing any stories," he said. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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