Trump on Giuliani: He'll get his facts straight

Source: The Hill | May 4, 2018 | Jordan Fabian

President Trump on Friday called his new personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, a “great guy,” but suggested he may have gotten details wrong about a hush-money payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

“He started yesterday,” Trump incorrectly said of Giuliani, who was hired on April 19. “He’ll get his facts straight … He’s a great guy.”

Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Trump said the former New York City mayor is “working hard, he’s learning the subject matter and he’s going to be issuing a statement too.”

Trump said Giuliani shares his opinion that criminal investigations swirling around his presidency are a “witch hunt.”

Giuliani just one day earlier said Trump reimbursed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payment to Daniels, contradicting the president’s previous claim that he did not know anything about the payment.

Giuliani said Trump only learned recently about what the purpose of the payment, which was made in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.

Trump backed up Giuliani’s account in a series of tweets Thursday morning.

But now, Trump appears to be walking that account back, adding even more confusion about the payment that has dogged his presidency.

“Rudy had just started and he wasn’t totally familiar with everything,” Trump said later at Joint Base Andrews when asked about Giuliani’s comments.

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