Trump defends Giuliani: 'Rudy is Rudy'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE waved off questions on Friday about whether his lawyer Rudy Giuliani has gone too far with a series of public statements that have stirred controversy. The president said he believes the former New York City mayor is "doing a very good job."

"Rudy is great, but Rudy is Rudy," Trump told reporters outside the White House as he prepared to head to Quebec for the Group of Seven summit. "But Rudy is doing a very good job, actually. He's doing a very good job."


Asked about a comment Giuliani made earlier this week saying that he does not have the same respect for adult-film star Stormy Daniels that he does for women in other professions, Trump said he did not disagree.

"I'm not going to disagree with him on that," Trump said. Daniels alleges that she had an affair with Trump years ago, and is fighting a legal battle to void a nondisclosure agreement that she says prevents her from speaking publicly about the affair.

Giuliani said during a news conference in Israel this week that while he respected "all human beings," he holds a lower level of respect for Daniels, because of her profession.

"I respect all human beings," he said. "I have to respect criminals. I'm sorry, I don't respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who has great respect for herself as a woman and as a person and isn't going to sell her body for sexual exploitation."

Giuliani also said that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet Pamela Anderson claims she convinced Melania Trump to stop wearing fur The Hill's 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh controversy consumes Washington | Kavanaugh slated to testify Monday | Allegations shake up midterms MORE believes her husband's denial of the alleged affair with Daniels. That prompted a biting response from the East Wing.

"I don't believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani," Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, said in a statement to CNN.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump identifies first soldier remains from North Korea | New cyber strategy lets US go on offense | Army chief downplays talk of 'Fort Trump' Pompeo backed continued US support in Yemen war over objections from staff: report Pompeo’s staff cracks down on ‘correct use of commas’ at State Dept MORE also responded to another remark made by Giuliani, in which the former mayor said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un got "on his hands and knees and begged" Trump to agree to summit talks that the president had previously canceled. 

"I know Rudy. Rudy doesn't speak for the administration when it comes to this negotiation and this set of issues," Pompeo said at a press briefing on Thursday.