Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.
President Trump, not usually one to tire of news coverage, has grown weary of Rudy Giuliani’s on-air antics.
The former mayor’s week-long media blitz has begun to bother the President as Giuliani — hired to join Trump’s legal team in the federal Russia probe — has repeatedly gone off-message, according to several reports Tuesday.
Trump has expressed annoyance that Giuliani’s shenanigans have done little to quell talk of coordination with the Kremlin.
Giuliani has also almost single-handedly kept the story of Trump’s personal lawyer paying off a porn star alleging an affair in the public eye.
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Giuliani first rattled the White House last week when he told Fox News that Trump was aware of the $130,000 payout to X-rated actress Stormy Daniels from his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
He also suggested the settlement was made to keep Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, from derailing Trump’s White House bid.
Trump admonished Giuliani on Friday, saying the lawyer needed to “get his facts straight,” prompting Giuliani to release a clarification.
Over the weekend, Giuliani appeared to dig himself a deeper hole by acknowledging “Cohen takes care of situations like this, then gets paid for them sometimes.”
He refused to rule out the possibility that Cohen had paid off other women and wouldn’t rule out Trump asserting his Fifth Amendment rights regarding the Russia investigation.
Giuliani told the Daily News last week that Trump was on board with his aggressive approach — and noted it was meant to steer the public narrative in the President’s favor.
“I know the pro-Trump people are going to love it and it’s going to drive the anti-Trump people crazy and my job is to convince the ones in the middle,” he said.
Meanwhile, Giuliani said Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has rejected proposals to allow the President to answer questions from investigators in writing.
Mueller is overseeing the investigation into Russian election meddling and whether anyone in the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to sway the 2016 contest in Trump’s favor.
Giuliani told CBS News that he is still getting up to speed on the basic facts of the probe, and said the legal team would like to wait until “after the North Korea summit” to prepare the President for a possible sit-down with investigators.
He added that Trump’s lawyers would like some topics to be “off-limits” and said he would fight a subpoena if Trump refuses to be interviewed.