President Donald Trump told aides not to pay Rudy Giuliani because he's upset with him, The Washington Post reported and The New York Times confirmed.
Trump is said to be angry at allies he felt should've done more to stand up for him as Congress moved to impeach him for a second time.
Trump was impeached Wednesday for the second time. The House of Representatives brought forth an article of impeachment charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection"; it was approved 232-205 with 10 Republicans voting in favor of impeaching the president. The charge is for Trump's role inciting the riot at the US Capitol last week that left five people dead. There will now be a Senate impeachment trial, most likely in the coming weeks.
According to The Post and The Times, Trump has become increasingly isolated - cutting out some aides, while others leave the emptying White House in the last week of the Trump administration.
Giuliani is said to be one of those confidants whose relationship with the president has become frayed.
The New York Times reported that White House officials started blocking Giuliani's calls to Trump, and The Post cited two unnamed officials saying Trump told aides not to pay him.
Trump was said to be "offended" by some of Giuliani's actions including requesting $20,000 a day for his work fighting the election results, The Times reported. (Giuliani has denied that figure.) Trump is also said to have instructed aides that he would personally approve any reimbursements to Giuliani for travel while disputing the election results, The Post reported.
Giuliani had encouraged Trump to believe in the baseless conspiracy theories challenging the integrity of the 2020 US election. Trump and Republican allies lost several dozen lawsuits attempting to overturn election results.
Giuliani has also been criticized for his remarks during the rally near the White House that preceded the riot at the Capitol.
Many, including former assistant US attorneys who worked with him, said they were dismayed at his comments.
A senior administration official told The Post that it was not just Giuliani whom Trump was upset with for not defending him more but also Vice President Mike Pence; the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany; Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner; the White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow; the White House national security advisor, Robert O'Brien; and the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
"The president is pretty wound up," the senior administration official told The Post. "No one is out there."
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