Trump Throws Rudy Giuliani Under the Bus When Asked About Rudy's Associates Arrested for Campaign Finance Violations
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has yet to follow former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and turn on the President, remaining steadfastly loyal to Trump instead.
But while speaking to reporters on the White House lawn Thursday afternoon, Trump didn't return the favor.
On Thursday morning, foreign nationals Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman—who worked with Giuliani to dig up dirt on former Vice President and 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden—were arrested at Dulles Airport with one-way tickets to an undisclosed country outside of the United States.
The pair were arrested for violations of campaign finance laws that forbid foreign nationals from donating to United States political campaigns. Evidence indicates that the two further took steps to conceal the hundreds of thousands of dollars made to Republican candidates and PACs.
When asked by reporters about the arrests, Trump threw Rudy pretty forcefully under the bus.
Asked about two men with ties to Rudy Giuliani arrested earlier today, Pres. Trump says, "I don't know those gentle… https://t.co/jGYDAviBO4— ABC News (@ABC News)1570741124.0
After conceding that he "might have a picture with them," Trump insisted that he had no idea who they were or what they did.
He then said:
"Maybe they were clients of Rudy, you'd have to ask Rudy. I just don't know."
For the record, Trump does have pictures with them. Vice President Mike Pence and Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., have pictures with them as well.
And here's Lev Parnas and Trump at the White House, also from here https://t.co/eGFV14xptI https://t.co/3lVYLvMxRQ— Garance Franke-Ruta (@Garance Franke-Ruta)1570722733.0
From left to right: Mike Pence Igor Fruman Lev Parnas Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani https://t.co/Ly7LXY0pjT— Cornelia (@Cornelia)1570724657.0
@realDonaldTrump @VP @DonaldJTrumpJr Did .@DonaldJTrumpJr have a good meal with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman? https://t.co/23amzODx2C— Jasmine 🇺🇸 (@Jasmine 🇺🇸)1570741369.0
Giuliani was spotted dining with Parnas and Fruman at a Trump Hotel Wednesday night—the day before the arrest.
People weren't surprised that Trump threw Giuliani under the bus.
@ABC . @RudyGiuliani? YOUR BUS IS HERE.— Michael P. Thornton (@Michael P. Thornton)1570741260.0
@ABC https://t.co/bUIPKdzm3F— Alicia (@Alicia)1570741314.0
@ABC We're about a week away from "I barely know Rudy Giuliani. I took a picture with him once probably."— Mr. LV426 (@Mr. LV426)1570741448.0
@ABC So this essentially... This .... https://t.co/bTfeyL1p5r— LaMonica The Legend (@LaMonica The Legend)1570741397.0
Though Trump dismissed the numerous photos with Parnas and Fruman, he and his ilk have been referencing a misleading photo of Biden and his son Hunter posing with Hunter's (American) co-board member of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings as evidence that Biden interfered with an investigation to help his son's business dealings.
The Biden family was PAID OFF, pure and simple! The fake news must stop making excuses for something that is totall… https://t.co/hX8ljpFBHS— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1570380146.0
BREAKING: After Joe Biden claimed that he never discussed his son’s foreign business dealings with him, A photo su… https://t.co/A78YJX1pZC— Students For Trump (@Students For Trump)1569893750.0
Joe Biden said he never talked to Hunter Biden about business but he LIED. Hunter admitted he spoke with Joe Bide… https://t.co/QB5Kpl20rg— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022))1570209537.0
A picture says a thousand words—unless they're about the President, of course.