One of the newest members of President Trump's team, lawyer Rudy Giuliani, issued a statement on Friday to clarify his remarks he made on Fox News.
Giuliani made a statement with regards to the reimbursement of the $130,000 payment Michael Cohen made to Stormy Daniels. The statement noted that "references to timing [regarding Trump's reimbursing Michael Cohen for his $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels] were not describing my understanding of the President’s knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these matters."
Why does this even matter? Because when Giuliani stated that Trump repaid Cohen personally for the hush-money, it opened up the possibility of a legal problem. On Friday Trump said that Rudy is a "great guy" but needs to get his "facts straight" about the payment.
President Trump on Rudy Giuliani: "He started yesterday. He'll get his facts straight. He's a great guy." pic.twitter.com/mTjYdcMCCX
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 4, 2018
Here is the official statement from Giuliani:
Rudy Giuliani Clears the Air
BREAKING: Rudy emails his correction. pic.twitter.com/CNgzEn60yb
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) May 4, 2018
This was a major blunder by Giuliani, but making this statement is the first step toward putting this massive issue behind the Trump administration. Moving forward the former NYC mayor will need to be much more careful when choosing his words.