President Donald Trump is reportedly taking out his frustrations on his personal attorney and longtime friend, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
And he’s doing it in the classic Trump fashion: by refusing to pay him.
The Washington Post said Trump is trying to stiff Giuliani, who has spent the past months traveling the country and spreading wild conspiracy theories about the November election on behalf of the president.
Citing two unnamed officials, the newspaper said Trump has not only refused to pay Giuliani’s legal fees but has told aides that all reimbursement requests for travel and other expenses need to go through him.
The Post said Trump was unhappy with Giuliani’s demand for $20,000 a day in fees and “has privately expressed concern” with some of his attorney’s moves.
‘I never asked for $20,000’
The former mayor last year denied seeking that specific amount, claiming a much more unusual fee structure instead.
“I never asked for $20,000,” he told The New York Times in November. “The arrangement is we’ll work it out at the end.”
Giuliani last week demanded “trial by combat” during a rally in Washington as Congress met to certify the election results that he had been challenging in courts on behalf of Trump, who later urged the crowd at the rally to march on the Capitol.
Shortly after, the Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a deadly siege that disrupted the congressional proceedings for hours and forced lawmakers into hiding as the mob ransacked the building.
The president’s critics on Twitter took note of his growing feud with his attorney:
What could be more Trumpian than this: “Trump has instructed aides not to pay Giuliani’s legal fees, two officials said.” https://t.co/chHDki6Ewp
— Walter Shapiro (@MrWalterShapiro) January 14, 2021
Trump was impeached for a second time today, but this is still the most delicious news of the day:
“Trump has instructed aides not to pay Giuliani’s legal fees.”
— Helen 0️⃣7️⃣ Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) January 14, 2021
It’s beyond poetic that Trump is refusing to pay Giuliani’s legal fees. Can’t script this stuff any better.https://t.co/y75Ker5h8J
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) January 14, 2021
This never seemed like a good arrangement to have with someone who is famous for stiffing people who work for him.
“The arrangement is, we’ll work it out at the end.”
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) January 14, 2021
Trump is refusing to pay Rudy Giuliani his $20,000 a day legal fees and it’s beautiful.https://t.co/w5oYDVf3C7pic.twitter.com/z9rbgebebo
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) January 14, 2021
Par for the Trump course.
“Trump has instructed aides not to pay Giuliani’s legal fees.”https://t.co/W7WDG6wYpb
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) January 14, 2021
BREAKING: According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump has instructed his staff not to pay Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees.
I’ll write more when I’m done laughing.
— Steve Hofstetter (@SteveHofstetter) January 14, 2021
He didn’t actually think he’d get paid, did he? pic.twitter.com/z7V4Ka5faj
— Schooley (@Rschooley) January 14, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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