Podcast: How Donald and Rudy Whipped Up a Storm

Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani (File)

I joined Monocle 24’s The Globalist on Monday to review the five days of controversy and turmoil whipped up by Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s misguided attempts to sweep away both the Stormy Daniels case and the Trump-Russia investigation.

The discussion covers the latest fumbling statements, in which Giuliani only indicated that there might be more payoffs to more women over claimed sexual encounters with Trump, and the political and legal implications. A bewildered host finally asks, “Why do they let Giuliani on the airwaves?”, further elevating the unique approach of the 45th President of the US.

He and Trump made this decision on their own, without consulting the White House lawyer Don McGahn, without consulting the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, that they would have this brilliant strategy….White House are tearing their hair out.

As he is increasingly under pressure, Trump is drawing the inner circle closer and closer, until it’s now just him and Rudy….And as Special Counsel Robert Mueller is getting closer and closer, Trump is seething.

See also Podcast: Week in TrumpLand — Trump’s UK “War Zone” Lie; A Cohen Problem; Nobel Peace Prize?; More Stormy Weather

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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