- Trump regularly insulted Rudy Giuliani, according to the reporter Michael Bender’s new book.
- He told Giuliani he “sucked” and was “weak” and also called him “pathetic,” the book says.
- Giuliani still craved Trump’s attention and often competed with aides to sit near him, it adds.
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Former President Donald Trump regularly insulted one of his most loyal confidants, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, according to the Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender’s new book, an excerpt of which was obtained by the Daily Mail.
Trump mocked Giuliani for falling asleep during meetings and delivered harsh feedback on his TV interviews, Bender writes in his forthcoming book on the 2020 election, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.”
According to the book, Trump told Giuliani he “sucked” and was “weak” after Giuliani defended him on TV amid fallout over the publication of the “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women.
Despite Trump’s mockery, Giuliani was determined to remain close to the president, the book says.
“Rudy never wanted to be left out,” one aide told Bender, according to the Mail. “If you were ever between Rudy and the president, look out. You were going to get trampled.”
Still, there were times when Trump defended Giuliani, the book says. At one point, the president’s aides started complaining about how Giuliani’s frequent television appearances were creating a public-relations headache for the White House press shop, but “Trump barked that at least Giuliani was out there fighting for him,” Bender’s book says, according to the Mail. “Everyone shut up after that,” he added.
Giuliani has been a hard-line Trump supporter since his presidential campaign in 2016. But the former New York mayor was catapulted into the spotlight in 2018 when he took over as Trump’s main defense attorney. He took the role amid allegations that the president coordinated an illegal hush-money payment to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign in exchange for her silence about an affair she said they had.
He also defended Trump during the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow to tilt the race in his favor. Most recently, he was a fixture on national television while crusading to overturn the results of the 2020 election based on baseless allegations of rampant voter and election fraud.
On Thursday, a New York court suspended Giuliani from practicing law in the state after finding “uncontroverted evidence” that he “communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large” about the 2020 election results. Nonpartisan election experts and cybersecurity professionals found that contrary to Giuliani’s and Trump’s claims of malfeasance, the 2020 election was the safest and most secure in US history.
The former New York mayor appeared on the conservative network Newsmax hours after the ruling came down and said he was “not very happy” about the suspension.
“All I can say is, America is not America any longer,” Giuliani added. “We do not live in a free state. We live in a state that’s controlled by the Democrat Party.”