Some Republicans close to the White House reportedly are worried that President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is hitting the bottle before making his rounds on cable news to defend the president and, advisers have urged Trump to put an end to the practice.
According to Associated Press, citing sources in and close to the White House, Trump is irritated by Giuliani’s recent mistakes, involving bombshell statements rapidly followed by confusing backtracking. The president reportedly thinks they distracted from what he views as vindication after an explosive BuzzFeed report was later brought into question.
The ordeal has caused some of Trump’s advisers to urge the president to pull Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, from television appearances, though there is not a push for the lawyer to be fired, the AP reported.
Making matters worse, some Republicans said they think Giuliani might be drinking alcohol prior to his television appearances, suggesting the lawyer be barred from doing so in the future.
The concerns come as Giuliani has had another rough week with the press:
The lawyer recently tackled questions regarding the timeline for a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow. He told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that Trump was involved in talks about the business deal throughout the 2016 general election—which would have been as he simultaneously pushed for the lifting of sanctions against Russia and called on its government to expose the emails of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Giuliani then issued a statement on Monday saying his comments "were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the President. My comments did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any such discussions."