Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani set the media world ablaze on Wednesday by revealing on "Hannity" that his boss Donald Trump reimbursed, through a retainer, his personal attorney Michael Cohen for his "hush money" payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels. Asked by The Washington Post's Robert Costa after the bombshell interview if Trump was going to fire him for the big reveal, Giuliani said no. At least, he doesn't think so.
Costa reported the moment in a series of tweets. "Giuliani tells me he just spoke w / POTUS. Tonight by phone," wrote Costa. "President 'very pleased,' Giuliani says. He says they discussed his revelation of the reimbursements long in advance. Does not expect to be fired. Insists his remarks on FNC were approved by Trump."
Costa provides the transcript of their following discussion:
Q: The president’s not angry with you? He was aware you’d bring it up?
A: Oh, yeah, yeah. Sure, sure. He was well-aware that at some point when I saw the opportunity, I was going to get this over with.
Q: You spoke about this w/ him in recent days?
A: Probably 4 or 5 days ago.
Q: So you won’t be fired for saying this?
A: No! no! no! I’m not going to get fired (laughs). But if I do, I do. It wouldn’t be the first time it ever happened. But I don’t think so, no. (laughs)
Q: Has the president been speaking to Cohen recently?
A: No. No. No. I don’t think so. I talk to Cohen’s lawyers, Jay talks to Cohen’s lawyers. But we try to make – both Jay and I know Cohen very well. And we both like him. He trusts us. So, no he hasn’t been talking to him.
Costa then asked Giuliani about whether or not Trump is going to agree to an interview with Mueller. "Let’s be real. POTUS won’t sit for an interview, right?" said Costa.
"We’re not pushing either way but the whole way in which the facts have played out here does argue against an interview," said Giuliani, a sentiment echoed in his interview with Sean Hannity.