Welcome to the unholy union that is Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani.
On Wednesday, Giuliani opened his little mouth and screamed to Sean Hannity that Donald Trump had reimbursed Michael Cohen for the $130,000 hush money payout to Stormy Daniels. The world reeled for thirty seconds and then returned to its regularly scheduled program, Hell All the Time. On Friday, we learned the following: Trump and Giuliani reportedly hatched this harebrained scheme together! They meant to do this! They seem to think it will work out!
From the Wall Street Journal:
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who has for months told reporters that Mr. Trump had no knowledge of the payment, said Thursday that the first time she learned the president had reimbursed Mr. Cohen was from Mr. Giuliani’s interview Wednesday.
Several White House aides were alarmed by Mr. Giuliani’s move and concerned that he is operating outside the White House staff structure, taking cues from the president and using the television platform he commands as a celebrity in his own right.
“People in the White House are a little concerned about what looks like the roller coaster ride ahead,” one White House official said.
Will this change anything? Probably not! We have reached the point in this narrative where the wild assertions Trump made on the campaign trail are now revealed to be not the statements of a raving madman, but prophecies instead. The president of the United States has not yet shot somebody in the middle of Fifth Avenue without reproach, but summer has just begun. Who knows what the future holds.
Update (2:20 p.m.) Rudy Giuliani has issued the following statement clarifying...something.