Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) shot back at MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday for the host’s remarks that suggested he had been “drinking too much” and was “losing it.”
Giuliani attempted to backpedal on Scarborough’s words by acknowledging his own accomplishments.
“I’m a lot more aware and intelligent than Joe has ever been, and a lot more accomplished,” the latest addition to Trump’s legal team said in an interview with Politico. “Joe hasn’t been knighted by the Queen of England. He hasn’t run a U.S. attorney’s office, much less a city that he turned around, or went through 9/11.”
Giuliani then insisted to the news outlet that he was not a heavy drinker, claiming that he was merely a social drinker and does not have alcohol at inappropriate times of the day.
“I’m not drinking for lunch,” he said. “I may have a drink for dinner. I like to drink with cigars.”
Politico noted that Giuliani was often spotted smoking at Shelly’s Back Room cigar bar.
Trump’s attorney boldly concluded with a statement that said the suggestion that he was often drinking before television interviews is “extremely insulting.”
Of course, this was a bitter response to Scarborough’s suggestion during “Morning Joe” on Tuesday that President Trump was initially apprehensive with Giuliani due to the former mayor’s drinking habits.
“Everybody around Donald Trump said he was drinking too much — Donald Trump suggested as much. That was two years ago,” Scarborough said on his live broadcast. He also claimed that Giuliani was “falling asleep five minutes into meetings.”
Several of Giuliani’s associates have come to his aid after the allegations were made. His friends noted that a great deal of his business is conducted in places where drinks might be served.
“Rudy does have pretty good political instincts, but no one hits a home run every time they’re at the plate,” said Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign aide. “I don’t think drinking is an issue.”
Giuliani joined Trump’s legal team last month in order to strengthen the defense against special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
In his short time on the team, Giuliani made a shocking admission last week when he said on Sean Hannity’s show that Trump reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 hush payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
President Trump had previously denied having any knowledge about the payment.
After the interview, the Trump administration’s attempts to contain the situation and shift it in Trump’s favor have come across as contradictory.
Despite reports that Trump has become frustrated with his new attorney, Giuliani announced that “the president is encouraging me to do more” appearances and added that he would “try to keep them under control.”
Watch the segment here: