Reportedly for several weeks now some of Trump’s closest Republican allies have been privately advising him to kick Rudy Giuliani to the curb. Their advice comes on the heels of a barrage of combative and inconsistent media interviews, three individuals close to the situation recently told Newsweek.
This week the arrests of two Ukraine born businessmen, who worked with Giuliani on trying to discredit Joe Biden and his son, Hunter has many Republicans seriously worried about Trump’s connection to Giuliani. Several new reports have indicated that Giuliani may be caught up in the probe of his two associates.
For now, Trump remains linked to Giuliani, who Trump hired to help him fend off Robert Mueller. Trump has also stated that he has admired Giuliani’s never-back-down attitude, Trump’s allies now fear that Giuliani will damage Trump with monologues and accusations.
The pressure from his allies may force Trump to dump Giuliani, who hasn’t just been his personal attorney, but his long-time friend and confidant as well.
If Trump distances himself from Giuliani it won’t be the first time, he has pushed away a close ally since taking office. He also distanced himself from former personal attorney Michael Cohen, Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former chief strategist Steve Bannon along with several others.
“Rudy Giuliani needs to stop talking,” said a former campaign official who remains close to Trump’s team.
Since April of 2018, Giuliani has been Trump’s attack dog. However, Giuliani finds himself the center of mounting controversy over Trump’s attempts to get Ukranian leaders to investigate the Bidens.
Many of Trump’s advisors are trying to convince him that his close connection to Giuliani is doing more harm than good.
“Rudy right now needs to focus on himself and not Ukraine,” said an outside Trump adviser.
For now, Trump appears to be standing by Giuliani, or as he often refers to him “My Rudy.,”
“Nothing has changed on that,” said Giuliani’s own attorney, Jon Sale.
On Friday, Trump stated that he did not know if Giuliani was still his attorney.
“I haven’t spoken to Rudy,” Trump said. “I spoke to him yesterday, briefly. He’s a very good attorney and he has been my attorney.”
That’s good for Trump, Giuliani bragged.
“I’m not a puppy — I know what I’m doing,” Giuliani said. If he didn’t represent Trump, Giuliani added, “they would let him be a punching bag.”
One Republican stated that Giuliani wouldn’t leave even if Trump asked him to.
Don Goldberg, who helped respond to congressional investigations in the Clinton White House, stated that Giuliani shouldn’t be helping Trump when he’s facing his own problems.
“It’s so messed up,” he said. “You’d think a president would want to have competent counsel if you’re talking about fighting for your political life. We’re so far not seeing that with the caliber he’s been using.”