Trump Is Extremely Unhappy With His Friend Sean Hannity: Report

President Donald Trump was deeply frustrated with Sean Hannity after the disastrous interview last week with Rudy Giuliani, according to a report from The Associated Press.

The root of Trump’s frustration with the Fox News host seems to stem from the use of the term “funneled” during the interview. Upon closer inspection, however, the transcript reveals that Giuliani and Hannity were speaking about two separate things.

During the notorious segment on Hannity’s show, Giuliani described the payment Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, made to adult film star Stormy Daniels as part of a hush payment over an alleged affair she had with Trump. He also insisted that Cohen’s $130,000 payment did not constitute a campaign finance law violation.

“Because they funneled it through a law firm?” Hannity asked.

“Funneled it through a law firm, and the president repaid him,” Giuliani said.

Hannity’s question referred to Democrats funneling money through a law firm to pay for the Steel dossier, so Giuliani’s admission that Trump did reimburse Cohen was an unnecessary contradiction of the president’s previous statements about the payment.

In a follow-up interview with the New York Times, Giuliani said that the reimbursements and other “incidental expenses” add up to a total of approximately $460,000.

The commander-in-chief repeatedly denied having any knowledge about the payment or where the money even came from. In April, Trump stated to reporters aboard Air Force One that he did not know about the payment.

“No, I don’t know,” he said.

Trump has started to change his tune. Since the interview, he has acknowledged that he paid Cohen a monthly retainer, which he claimed was used to cover the cost of the payment to Daniels.

“Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer […] from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement,” he said in a series of tweets.

The White House has denied allegations that the payment violated campaign finance laws.

Hannity has played an interesting role in the Stormy Daniels case. While he retained Cohen as his own personal attorney, he failed to make the fact known. This was only revealed after Cohen’s personal effects were raided and he was forced to reveal an unnamed client, which was Hannity.

Hannity, who is a staunch supporter of the president, often defended Trump against the allegations. Now, some argue that the Fox host’s involvement represents a conflict of interest.

 

H/T: AP

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