Trump 'Snapped' at Hannity and Giuliani for Saying He 'Funneled' Stormy Daniels Payment Through a Law Firm: AP
President Donald Trump grew angry with both Sean Hannity and Rudy Giuliani after a television appearance last week in which both men said that the president had "funneled" a hush money payment through a law firm, according to the Associated Press. He "snapped' at them for using this particular word, the AP found, which he reportedly felt could have legal consequences.
Trump was broadly supportive of Giuliani's media blitz initially, the AP reports, but he is now beginning to sour on the campaign.
Since last Wednesday, Giuliani, one of the newest members of Trump's legal team, has appeared on multiple news networks and given out interviews an statements to numerous outlets. In the process, Giuliani contradicted Trump's previous assertion that he had no knowledge of the hush money payment to Stephanie Clifford, known better as the adult film star Stormy Daniels, who took the money in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with the president.
Giuliani's comments also raised questions about the legality of this and related payments, suggested it may have been done to benefit Trump's 2016 campaign, indicated that other women may have been paid off as well, and suggested that the firing of former FBI DIrector James Comey was tied to the president's displeasure with the Russia investigation.
While Trump reportedly appreciates the sharp tone Giuliani has taken toward the Russia investigation, the AP found that people close to Trump have "grown anxious in recent days about Giuliani’s whirlwind and unpredictable interviews." Giuliani has been compared to Anthony Scaramucci, Trump's one-time communications director who flamed out after 11 days on the job following an expletive-ridden interview with the New Yorker.
According to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, however, the power struggle in the White House isn't between Trump and Giuliani.
"One person close to White House sums up Trump legal strategy right now as "two teams - there's the Trump-Rudy team, and then there's the lawyers," Haberman tweeted.