President Donald Trump sought Friday to distance himself from attorney Rudy Giuliani, even casting doubts about whether the former New York mayor is still his lawyer.
Asked whether Giuliani remained his personal attorney, Trump said: “I don’t know.”
“I haven’t spoken to Rudy,” Trump told reporters as he was leaving the White House for a political rally in Louisiana. “I spoke to him yesterday, briefly. He’s a very good attorney and he has been my attorney, yeah sure.”
Giuliani told USA TODAY shortly afterward that he’s still Trump’s lawyer. “He hasn’t told me otherwise,” he said.
Giuliani said he doesn’t know if people in Trump’s orbit are trying to get him removed.
“If he wants to get rid of me, he can get rid of me – he’s the client,” Giuliani told USA TODAY. “I don’t know of any reason that he would.”
Does the president just think he can make his relationship with Mr. Giuliani just go away? And when push comes to shove, I would expect that Mr. Giuliani will sing like a bird to stay out of prison…and the White House has little pull here since he isn’t a government employee.
But if he does get fired, we’ll get to test his stamina and see how many talk shows he can do in one day.