The president tells reporters that his new lawyer will ‘get his facts straight’ after revealing Trump repaid Michael Cohen for the Stormy Daniels deal.
President Donald Trump on Friday distanced himself from Rudy Giuliani’s explanation of a hush-money payment longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to porn star Stormy Daniels, saying Giuliani will “get his facts straight” and that “he just started a day ago.”
Giuliani, the former New York major who recently joined Trump’s outside legal team, set off a furor when he revealed on Fox News late Wednesday that Trump had repaid Cohen for the $130,000 hush deal — a move that appeared to contradict Trump’s prior denial of any such payment.
While Giuliani claimed that Trump was not aware of the repayment because Cohen had authority to act independently, the revelation still set off a fresh controversy and Giuliani’s extensive interviews could have introduced new legal headaches for the president.
“Rudy is a great guy, but he just started a day ago,” the president said while addressing reporters outside the White House. “But he really has his heart into it. He’s working hard. He’s learning the subject matter.”