Trump considers benching Giuliani from doing TV interviews

The White House is set to field reporters' questions Monday, in the wake of a media blitz from former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, a recent addition to President Donald Trump's legal team.

"The president brought Rudy Giuliani, his longtime friend, on because he thought he was going to be able to help bring this Russian Federation investigation to an end much more quickly with more aggressive approach, something that matched the way that the president wanted to go after this", she said.

"I just did one on Sunday, even though we had about four requests", he said. "But now after this string of interviews that Rudy Giuliani has done... the president is now thinking that Rudy Giuliani is causing more headaches than he is solving problems".

That may come as a surprise to anyone who's seen the interviews, given that Giuliani has openly contradicted Trump's statements on the Stormy Daniels scandal, revealing the president reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payout to the porn actress for her silence on her alleged affair with Trump. "He's very comfortable with the strategy we're pursuing".

Giuliani, the former NY attorney general, has long supported Donald Trump, but is it time the two part ways?

But according to Scarborough, the White House could only distract the public for so long.

"Funneled through a law firm, and the president repaid it", Giuliani told talk show host Sean Hannity.

Rudy Giuliani's TV interviews are raising more questions than answers, sparking a storm of additional political controversies at a time when the White House has had all hands on deck trying to put them out.

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.

West Wing aides were blindsided by Giuliani's TV appearances last week, and many senior advisers and members of the president's legal team have been cut out of the decision-making process.

The onslaught of commentary led Trump to tell reporters on Friday that Giuliani would "get his facts straight" on the payment.

  • Kyle Peterson